Have a say on Inquiry into mental health, addiction
Locals are urged to send their submissions on the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
Inquiry Chair, Ron Paterson encourages individuals and organisations to get submissions in by next Tuesday, June 5.
“The Inquiry wants to hear from people across Aotearoa/ New Zealand and from all walks of life. We know mental health challenges and addictions affect many New Zealanders. Most families and whanau have been touched by these issues,” he says. The Inquiry wants to know: • What’s not working well? What could be done better? What sort of society would be best for the mental health of all of our people?
The Inquiry has set up several methods for submissions.
“They include online submissions through our website, a Freephone number, post and video.The simple consultation document is is in Te Reo Ma¯ori, Chinese, Hindi, Tongan and Samoan, and a sign language video.”
“A series of Meet the Inquiry Panel forums are underway around the country and continue until July. These sessions provide an opportunity for people to share their views on what needs to be done. Panel members have had over 120 meetings with interested community and stakeholder groups and their views and ideas will contribute to the Panel’s report.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity. The Inquiry wants to deliver a report that reflects voices of the community, offers solutions and generates hope. We aim to set a clear direction for the future that Government and the community can implement,” says Ron Paterson.
Read the Document online at mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz/ consultation-document/have-yoursay