Mental Health & Addiction update 18 February 2020

on 25 February



Mental Health & Addiction update

Kia ora,

Robyn Shearer, Deputy Director-General, Mental Health & Addiction, Ministry of Health

We wanted to share the latest news in our work programme to deliver mental health and addiction services for New Zealand. 

The Ministry of Health has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for youth primary mental health and addiction services.

This is another important step forward in making sure we are making it easier for people to have access to and choice of services and support they need, when they need it.

The RFP that has been issued is for the expansion or, replication of existing services or for the development of new mental health and addiction services for young people.

The ages 12-24 years are a time of rapid change and development and are the highest risk years for the onset of mental health problems and psychological distress, with over 80% of all mental health concerns beginning by the age of 21.

Young people are negotiating puberty, secondary education, entering the workforce or further education, leaving home and establishing themselves individuals – as well as dealing with change due to technology and the impacts of social networks.

By providing services that support wellbeing, we’re aiming for early detection and intervention which have been proven to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

This RFP has been developed following a consultation led by the Ministry of Youth Development with young people late last year where they were asked what they want from mental health and addiction services.  What they told us has formed the basis of what we are looking for through this RFP.  

This work is part of the Government’s $455 million Wellbeing Budget investment.

For this tender, and for all GETS tenders, the Ministry of Health will only be accepting RFP questions and proposals through GETS and not through any other channel.  All communication must be via GETS. All RFPs must be submitted through GETS to be eligible for consideration.  If you have any questions, they must also be submitted through GETS and will be answered via that platform as well.

The RFP will close on 9 March 2020. 

For more information please see the tender information on the GETS site.

I will continue to keep you up-to-date with this work as we progress.

Ngā mihi nui,

Robyn Shearer
Deputy Director-General, Mental Health & Addiction


Where to get help

Visit the Ministry for Health website for detailed information on mental health and addiction helplines and what to do in an emergency.

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