The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will perform an enduring role in transforming New Zealand’s approach to mental health and wellbeing. It will oversee the mental health and wellbeing system in Aotearoa and hold the government of the day and other decision makers to account for the mental health and wellbeing of people in Aotearoa.

The Commission will build on the roles of existing organisations that contribute to mental health and wellbeing by looking across the whole system. This will include looking at how the system:

  • promotes mental health and wellbeing
  • builds resilience and prevents poor mental health and wellbeing (including addiction and suicidal distress and behaviour)
  • identifies and responds to people experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing, and the persons (including family and whānau) who support them.

The Commission’s focus will span all government and non-government contributors to mental health and wellbeing. This includes the health and disability, social welfare, housing, education, and justice, sectors, as well as social determinants of health, such as housing, employment, poverty, social attitudes, and discrimination. It includes whether approaches to mental health and wellbeing are culturally appropriate.

The Commission will contribute to better and more equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for people in New Zealand by influencing:

  • government and non-government decision makers to develop effective, culturally appropriate strategies and policies that contribute to improved mental health and wellbeing
  • service funders and providers to design and provide appropriate services and supports
  • research and evidence funders and providers to improve the evidence base relating to mental health and wellbeing
  • people and businesses in New Zealand to take action to improve their own mental health and wellbeing and that of family, whānau, employees, clients, and the wider community.

The Ministry of Health is leading the establishment of the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. For more information, visit the Ministry's website(external link).

You can see the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill at the New Zealand Parliament website(external link).

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