He Whakatakinga Lived Experience
We are committed to being a genuine, courageous and effective advocate for communities with lived experience of mental distress and addiction.
This includes people and groups who have their own, first-hand experience of distress, substance harm, harmful gambling, psychiatric diagnosis, addiction, using mental health or addiction supports or services, or experiencing barriers to accessing these supports and services when they are needed. Lived experience perspectives and knowledge is important in all of our work.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Act that established Te Hiringa Mahara requires our Board to include people with personal experience of mental distress and addiction at the governance level.
Our commitment to lived experience
We have promised to uphold a ‘nothing about us, without us’ approach and to work together to transform the mental health and addiction system.
Meet our Lived Experience Advisors
We currently have two Lived Experience Advisors who support connections with tāngata whaiora and lived experience communities and provide advice across Te Hiringa Mahara.
We are growing our connections with lived experience networks, organisations and people, and are grateful for the contributions. Find out more about getting involved.
Advancing lived experience mental health and wellbeing
Find out what we're doing to amplify the voices of people with lived experience.