Our objective is to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are kaitiaki of mental health and wellbeing in Aotearoa.
We will perform an enduring role in transforming Aotearoa New Zealand's approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Te Hiringa Mahara is producing a series of short reports during the course of 2022 and 2023 to add our collective understanding of the wellbeing impacts of the pandemic and to provide key insights on wellbeing areas or populations of focus.
The Lived experiences of compulsory community treatment orders report | Ngā mātau ā-wheako o te whakahau maimoatanga hapori e whakaturehia ana was released on 12 July 2023. The focus is on tāngata whaiora and whānau perspectives of the clinical review and court hearing processes. While we wait for new law to be introduced, changes to practices under the current Mental Health Act 1992 are called for.
Te Huringa Tuarua 2023: Kaupapa Māori services report [PDF, 12 MB] was released on 27 June 2023. This report presents some recent Māori perspectives of what equitable kaupapa Māori services would look like, as well as an overview of investment in and access to kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services.
We released Te Huringa Tuarua 2023: Mental Health and Addiction Service Monitoring Report on 31 May 2023 [PDF, 18 MB]. This report is the second of a series of monitoring reports that Te Hiringa Mahara is publishing in 2023. It explores what has changed in mental health and addiction services over the last five years.
We also released Te Huringa Tuarua 2023: Youth services focus report - Admission of young people to adult inpatient mental health services [PDF, 6.4 MB] on 17 May 2023. This report examines the trends in admitting young people (aged 12 to 17 years) to adult inpatient mental health services in New Zealand and reflects on perspectives gained from discussions with young people, whānau and family.
Our first Peer Support Workforce paper [PDF, 14 MB] was released on 29 June 2023. It shows this workforce has a critical role in enabling recovery, improving hope and in transforming the landscape of mental health and addiction services. The potential of this workforce is yet to be fully realised.
We released Young people speak out about Wellbeing: An insights report into the Wellbeing of Rangatahi Māori and other Young People in Aotearoa [PDF, 9.6 MB] on 15 May 2023. This report grows our collective understanding of the systems and determinants that affect rangatahi Māori and young people’s wellbeing, which in turn, influences mental health. It elevates the voices of young people and draws from their experiences and expertise.
While this report does not cover all the issues faced by rangatahi Māori and young people, it reflects the expressed concerns of young people over the last five years.
We released the Access and Choice Programme: Report on the first three years [PDF, 1.8 MB] and its accompanying Improving access and choice for youth [PDF, 431 KB]report on 30 November 2022. Both reports look at the first three years of the programme rollout since funds were allocated to the priority initiative in the 2019 Wellbeing Budget.
These reports provide us with an opportunity to see where progress is being made, not only in access to services but also in having the opportunity to have genuine service choice.
We released Te Huringa: Change and Transformation. Mental Health Service and Addiction Service Monitoring Report 2022 [PDF, 958 KB] on 22 March 2022.
Our report found that despite significant investment in mental health and addiction services through the 2019 Wellbeing Budget, improvements in services have not materialised as we had hoped for over this time. We commend the investment in additional, and much needed, primary and community services, but more is needed to address pressures on specialist services, particularly for young people.
We released Te Rau Tira Wellbeing Outcomes Report 2021 [PDF, 9 MB] on 8 December 2021. Our report found that most communities in Aotearoa New Zealand tend to experience good wellbeing, most of the time. The report also found that a concerningly large minority of people and communities experience persistently poor wellbeing.
As part of our broader wellbeing role, we have taken on the monitoring and advocacy function for mental health and addiction services from the former Mental Health Commissioner at the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner(external link) (HDC).
HDC acts as an independent watchdog for people’s rights when using health and disability services and continues to consider and assess people’s complaints relating to mental health and addiction services.
Te Hiringa Mahara does not handle complaints about individual or whānau experiences of using mental health and / or addiction services. These complaints are managed by the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC).
People who have concerns about the care they or others have experienced at a mental health or addiction service should contact the Advocacy Service(external link) or make a complaint to the HDC(external link).
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission officially unveiled its new name Te Hiringa Mahara at a ceremony in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington on 5 July 2022.
Te Hiringa Mahara signifies positive energy, thoughtfulness, encouragement, confidence and strength. It inspires and ignites our inquiring and inquisitive minds, illuminating and liberating the potential within.
Our new name embraces our role as kaitiaki of mental health and wellbeing and is an expression of the commitment to being an organisation grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Te Hiringa Mahara is inclusive of all people, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti. It is enduring and presents a challenge for us to live up to.
Te Hiringa Mahara: Te hinengaro tūmata tōrunga pai o te whakaaro nui - Igniting minds through positive energy and thoughtfulness.