Have a say on Inquiry into men­tal health, ad­dic­tion

Waihi Leader - - News -

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

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