Below are links to all of the reports we reference in The People's Mental Health Report, and some additional reading that provides important context and insight. 

Inquest into youth suicides finds exposure to family violence

This report covers the released findings from a joint inquest into the suicides of four 15 year old girls between July 2013 and August 2014 in the Hawke's Bay suburb of Flaxmere.

Coroner Nagara said a striking feature of the cases was that all had been exposed to domestic violence. She said the girls had been experiencing a number of significant stressors, including parental separation, difficult relationships with step-parents, difficult or non-existent relationships with a biological parent, lack of parental control, high levels of responsibility for younger siblings, domestic violence and abuse, alcohol and drug use and online bullying.

Click here to read more.

Blueprint for Mental Health Services

These reports are from the now disestablished Mental Health Commission. They are about, 'Improving mental health and wellbeing for all New Zealanders: How things need to be.'

Click here to download the 1998 report.

Click here to download the updated 2012 report.


Antipsychotic medications (AM) are the designated first‐line intervention for psychosis in international best‐practice guidelines and are prescribed for a range of other mental‐health problems. Relatively little is known about how people subjectively experience AMs and attempted discontinuation or about the role psycho‐social factors play in recovery outcomes. This research explores how people experience AMs, use psycho‐social strategies and, where relevant, manage discontinuation.

Click here to download the full report (2016).

Monitoring Places of Detention

This is the Annual report of activities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) from the New Zealand Human Rights Commission from 2014 - 15.

Click here to download the full report.

Human Rights in New Zealand NgA Tika Tangata O Aotearoa

This is the full human rights review from the Human Rights Commission from 2010. 

Click here to download the full report.

New Zealand Police and mental health

This is a newsletter from the New Zealand Police Mental Health Team on 'improving outcomes for mental health services users.

Click here to download the newsletter.

Suicide Mortality Review Committee

Ngā Rāhui Hau Kura : Suicide Mortality Review Committee feasibility study 2014-15. Report to the Ministry of Health, 31 May 2016

Click here to download the full report.

Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017–2021

This report is from the Ministry of Health. It has been developed with consumers, family and whānau, primary and secondary care providers, primary health organisations, nongovernmental organisations, district health boards, workforce development organisations, and professional bodies and colleges.

Click here to download the full report (2017).


This report is from the Chief Ombudsman and it is an 'Investigation of the Department of Corrections in relation to the Provision, Access and Availability of Prisoner Health Services'.

Click here to download the full report (2012).

OPCAT Findings Report: A question of restraint

This report is from the Chief Ombudsman. It covers 'Care and management for prisoners considered to be at risk of suicide and self harm: observations and findings from OPCAT inspectors'.

Click here to download the report (1 March 2017)


This is a report from No Pride in Prisons. It covers food, shelter, healthcare, privacy, confinement, safety and sexual assault.

Click here to download the report (2016)

On track: knowing where we are going

This is a report from Platform Trust and Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui. It is about 'co-creating a mental health and addiction system New Zealanders want and need'.

Click here to download the report. 

Equally Well: A consensus position paper

This paper is about how we can take action to improve physical health outcomes for New Zealanders who experience mental illness and/or addiction. It is based on the findings of an evidence review undertaken by Te Pou (2014) and was written in consultation with representatives from the following organisations: Matua Raki Consumer Leadership Group, New Zealand Medical Association, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Nga Hau e Wha National Service User Group, Platform Trust, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist,s Te Ao Māramatanga, New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc Te Pou

Click here to download the report (2014).

Infographic from the Office of the Director of Mental Health Annual Report

office of the director: Mental Health Annual Report 2016