Balance Aotearoa and the Wellbeing Coalition Aotearoa were contracted by the Ministry of Health to gather feedback from people with lived experience of mental distress and addiction and whānau on the Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. Around 100 people responded to questions via an online feedback and voting platform and a group of 28 leaders lived experience and whanau leaders recently met to discuss the report.
Overall support for the report but it has gaps and shortcomings
Overall, people responded to the report with feelings of ‘hope’ and ‘optimism’. They believe the report presents an opportunity for whole of system transformation.
But they also expressed concerns that some of the key messages in the report were not reflected in the recommendations and that some of the ‘big issues’ that matter to people with lived experience and whānau were not emphasised enough.
The 16 big issues that need more attention
In the transformation process people with lived experience and whānau want to see more emphasis and priority given to the sixteen big issues:
The full report
Download the full 10-page report to the Ministry of Health and the Minister of Health here