Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we handle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country.
The Government has today publicly released the report of the Inquiry in full, less than a week after receiving it.
"The Inquiry heard many stories of people who did not get the help they needed and deserved. We must listen to these voices of people with lived experience.
"It is clear we need to do more to support people as they deal with these issues - and do a lot more to intervene earlier and support wellbeing in our communities.
"The Inquiry panel has delivered a set of strong and coherent recommendations covering everything from the social determinants of health and wellbeing to expanding access to treatment services and taking strong action on alcohol and drugs.
"We are working our way carefully through the 40 recommendations and will formally respond in March. I want to be upfront with the public, however, that many of the issues we're facing, such as workforce shortages, will take years to fix.
"Reshaping our approach to mental health and addiction is no small task and will take some time. But I'm confident this report points us in the right direction, and today marks the start of real change for the better," David Clark says.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)