Sign the Open Letter to the Minister of Health

We, the undersigned, call on you to implement the following four recommendations from the People's Mental Health Review:

  1. An urgent funding increase for mental health services for acute and community based mental health services nationally. This requires a focus on increasing community based service access and treatment choices for people using mental health services to provide interventions early. It is also essential to support the people who work in mental health services, by easing workload pressures and enabling them to offer the services and support people want and need.

  2. Fully independent oversight of the mental health system in line with minimum obligations set out in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This could be in the form of restoring the Mental Health Commission, the creation of an independent Disability Commission, or the inclusion of dedicated Mental Health Commissioners under the current Human Rights Commission. These would include clearly designated roles for those with lived experience.

  3. An urgent independent inquiry into the structure and provision of mental health services in New Zealand. The terms of this inquiry should be informed by New Zealand’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the need to provide for healthy families and healthy communities, and should allow for the increasing numbers of people seeking support from mental health services. We also recommend that a Royal Commission of Inquiry be carried out into the long-term and entrenched problems highlighted by this review. 

  4. A national education programme to support all New Zealanders to understand what mental health is, and what mental health services provide, that operates in the education system and wider society. This will ensure that the work of change is understood by all New Zealanders so people with lived experience are included by our society rather than having to endure prejudice and discrimination.

This Open Letter has been signed by:

Filmmaker/NZ'er of the Year

Victims Advocate




Ex-All Black


Current Affairs Producer








Ex-Rugby League Kiwi


Boxing Trainer

Radio Host Breeze

Te Aho University Lecturer

Ex-NZ Rugby League Player

CEO Te Wanga O Aotearoa

Ex-All Black

Taika Waititi 

Louise Nicholas

Stacey Morrison

Jenny-May Clarkson

Joel Tobeck

Zac Guildford

Rhys Darby

Annabelle Lee

Rob Mokaraka

James McOnie

Michele A'Court

Tim Wilson

Ryan C F Monga

Robett Hollis

Tama Waipara

Sione Faumuina

Suzy Cato

Asasio Heimuli

Steve Joll

Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho

Wairangi Koopu

Jim Mather

Eroni Clarke

The following organisations also support this Open Letter:

  • Public Service Association (PSA)
  • New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation
  • New Zealand Pyschotherapists Assocaiton (NZAP)
  • Supporting Families New Zealand (SFNZ) 
  • STAROS Affected by Suicide Support Trust
  • Te Taitimu Trust
  • The Addiction Practitioner Association Aotearoa NZ (DAPAANZ)
  • Hawke's Bay Youth Consumer Council
  • ME Family Services
  • Lifematters Suicide Prevention Trust Auckland
  • Connect Supporting Recovery
  • Maternal Care Action Group
  • Mothers Helpers
  • Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
  • Te Haa O IO
  • Beyond Obesity
  • Skylight Trust
  • Amnesty @ Vic
  • Tumana Research
  • Global Mind Screen Limited
  • The New Zealand Future Generation
  • Supporting Families Marlborough
  • Spreydon Cashmere Youth Community Board
  • HopeWalk Suicide Prevention Trust
  • New Zealand Brotherhood of Fathers