MH inquiry document released Friday

The mental health inquiry’s short consultation document is to be released on Friday before the inquiry team starts a two month nationwide series of forums.

The inquiry’s website says the consultation document – which earlier this month Inquiry chair Ron Paterson said would be “very short and focused”– will be released on April 27.

Which is the same day as the first date on the inquiry team’s two month series of regional visits  – stretching from Kaikohe to Invercargill –  gets underway. Paterson has said the team was keen to ensure as many people as possible had an opportunity to directly engage with the inquiry and was consulting with different groups to try and ensure this happened.

He promised the consultation document was also aiming to be very accessible with the aim for it to be produced in a number of formats including large text, in multiple languages and being supported by web-based audio recordings and videos featuring sign language.

Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – Panel and members of Secretariat

The six-member inquiry team and terms of reference were announced on January 23 when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “nothing was off the table” for the $6 million inquiry which is due to report back to the Government no later than October 31.

The first inquiry visit is to Palmerston North on April 27 followed by visits next week to Rotorua, Nelson and the team ends the week with a series of forums in the Auckland region running from May 7-11.  The next stop will be the Wellington region from May 17-18.

More details are due to be announced on the inquiry’s website about the forums, hui and fono.  In Nelson the team is holding a public meeting at 5pm on May 3 with a video link through to neighbouring Blenheim.

Initial Inquiry tour dates

(NB: Preliminary dates only – check inquiry website for most up-to-date details)

27 AprilPalmerston North
1 MayRotorua1 May
3-4 MayNelson3 May
7-9 MayAuckland and Waitemata8 May
10-11 MayCounties Manukau10 May
17-18 MayWellington, Hutt and Porirua17 May
22 MayUpper Hutt
22 MayMasterton22 May
28 MayInvercargill28 May
29 MayOamaru
30 MayDunedin30 May
31 MayTimaru
7-8 JuneNapier/Hastings7 June
11 JuneTauranga11 June
12 JuneWhakatāne
14 JuneWhangārei14 June
15 JuneKaikohe
21 JuneWhanganui21 June
22 JuneNew Plymouth
25 JuneGisborne26 June
27-28 JuneHamilton27 June
2-3 JulyChristchurch3 July
4 JulyHokitika/Greymouth/Kaikoura

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.
Or if you need to talk to someone else:
• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (Mon-Fri 1pm to 10pm. Sat-Sun 3pm-10pm)
• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
• Samaritans 0800 726 666

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