Putting mental health at the centre of the Budget

Mental health is on the agenda, bringing new conversations, partnerships, services and supports to build on what has been working.

It’s pleasing to see the Government’s response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry recommendations and in particular that in principle the Government accepted 38 out of 40 recommendations, and the first of ‘He Ara Oranga’s’ 12 recommendations will be implemented fully.

The Wise Group is across many areas of the wellbeing budget; wellbeing is part of our DNA and our 30 year history.

Our hope is that both the budget and the response to the inquiry will drive the systems-change we need to put people at the centre of care.

A strong, well-resourced workforce, peer-led services, family and whānau actively participating, community-based care providing support where and when it is needed and culturally-responsive suicide prevention and postvention – these are important responses and areas in which the Group is ready to respond.

Dr Monique Faleafa, chief executive of Le Va, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand on her reaction to the budget initatives for Pacific people.

Published on: 31 May 2019