Mental Health Commisioner

Mental Health Commissioner Report still extremely valid

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Just want to share this report here, released in February 2018, from the department of the NZ Mental Health Commission, located within the Health and Disability Commission.

2017 was a massive year for bring the conversation around the major degradation of mental health service in Aotearoa New Zealand. An election was held and then a coalition government formed between Labour and NZ First with additional support from the Greens. A promised was made for a systemic review in the form of an inquiry of national mental health and addiction service. The report was finally released December 2018.

However, UCAN’s feels the report from the MH Commission holds special importance as it clearly articulates the needs for improved services from a Right perspective. Access to appropriate, timely, evidence-based and affordable health care is a right. This has been enshrined in international documental such as the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

UCAN hopes the report of the MH Commissioner alongside the Mental Health and Addictions report.

We wait with baited breath for the release of the Wellness Budget, to be released in May from the Government. And the indications and resources provided therein to restore and repair the damage to our collective and essential healthservices.