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Mental health sector strategy documents

One of the functions of the Mental Health Commissioner is to monitor the implementation of the National Mental Health Strategy, which is updated from time to time as governments change and services develop.

Publicly funded services are expected to follow the strategy, which identifies the priorities and principles for service provision across the whole country.


Te Tāhuhu

The current National Mental Health Strategy is detailed in  Te Tāhuhu: Improving Mental Health 2005-2015: The Second New Zealand Mental Health and Addiction Plan (PDF, 511kb)

Te Tāhuhu sets out the ten leading challenges and outcomes that Government expects the mental health and addiction sector, State services and other agencies to pursue in the period up to 2015.

These outcomes include all New Zealanders making informed decisions to promote their mental health and wellbeing. Outcomes also include people with experience of mental distress and/or addiction having the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the everyday life of their family, whānau, communities and society.


Te Kōkiri

The associated action plan is  Te Kōkiri: The Mental Health and Addiction Action Plan 2006-2015.

Te Kōkiri sets out the specific actions that will be taken by the sector during the period up to 2015 to progress the 10 leading challenges in Te Tāhuhu. For example, actions to build mental health and addiction services include strengthening the linkages between services and primary health care and continuing to develop and contribute to intersectoral activities that support recovery.

Actions to increase responsiveness include implementing initiatives that recognise the importance of family and increasing their participation.

Te Kōkiri does not set out actions for agencies outside the mental health and addiction sector. However, it recognises that a wide range of government agencies (for example, housing, labour and education) can contribute to the Government's overall aim for mental health and wellbeing. Hence the emphasis on intersectoral activities.


Te Puāwaiwhero

The Second Māori Mental Health and Addiction National Strategic Framework 2008-2015  Te Puāwaiwhero reinforces current mental health and Māori health policy.

This includes the overall aim of He Korowai Oranga, and Whānau Ora: Māori families supported to achieve their maximum health and wellbeing, and Te Tāhuhu - Improving Mental Health.

Te Puāwaiwhero concentrates on prioritised actions from Te Kōkiri to address Maori mental health population need matched with most recent evidence from Te Rau Hinengaro - The New Zealand Mental Health Survey 2006.

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