Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction is also looking for public comment. Head of this Inquiry is Ron Paterson and he is wanting the inquiry to get feedback as widely as possible.

Ron Paterson, Inquiry Chair

Paterson says that listening well to a wide range of communities and stakeholders is important for the inquiry. The inquiry panel members want to hear from everyone, including service users, their families/ whānau, service providers, advocates, sector groups, and experts. They want to hear all ideas – big or small, specific or broad, innovative or building on what’s already happening. The panel members will also be travelling around New Zealand for a series of regional meetings to talk to people from a range of backgrounds and views.

A consultation document is being released in April and they encourage people to share their views in any format they want; written or otherwise. There will be an 0800 line that people can call to share their views, and social media forums will also be available. Email contact is mentalhealthinquiry@dia.govt.nz and more information is on the inquiry website www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz