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.