Mental Health & Addiction Update - 24 September 2021

on 24 September


E mihi ana ki te rangi. E mihi ana ki te whenua.
E mihi ana kia koutou i roto i ngā tini ahuatanga o te wā.
E koro ma, kui ma, ngā rangatira ma kei te mihi.
Te tangata whenua o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou.

Talofa lava, Malo-e-leilei, Kia orana, Fakalofa-lahi-atu, Bula vanaka
Salaam alaikum
Kia ora


Firstly, a big mihi – thank you to everyone who participated and joined our live streamed launch of Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-Term Pathway to Mental Wellbeing yesterday.

The themes of hāpori, community, and shared responsibility came through very strongly from every speaker. This will be vital to delivering on Kia Manawanui as it requires everyone across the sector and the wider government to play their part for the improved mental wellbeing of New Zealanders.

I hope when you read Kia Manawanui and the companion document you’ll be inspired to find ways to contribute to the short, medium and longer-term actions set out.

Philip Grady Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction

Philip Grady
Acting Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction

Unfortunately, our broadcaster experienced some technical challenges during the live stream, and I apologise for this.

We have an edited version of the event now available on our website that rectifies these sound issues, so I hope you have a chance to watch Minister Little and the other speakers discuss how the long-term pathway was developed, and what we will do to ensure that all New Zealanders are supported to stay mentally well, and get help where, when, and how they need it.

The long-term pathway set out in this document is inspiring and ambitious, but achievable if we work together.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi – with your basket
and my basket the people will be well

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of prioritising wellbeing and supporting friends and whānau on their journeys too. It’s also a great opportunity to highlight the excellent mahi and kaha for positive outcomes in our sector. There will be several activities and campaigns to look for. You can find some Mental Health Awareness Week resources and promotional materials for your organisation on the Mental Health Awareness Week website.

Ko te tūmanako e haere pai ana te rā ki a koutou, nāhaku me aku mihi aroha

Ngā mihi,


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