Aotearoa’s mental health system is not working, and the people of Aotearoa know it is not working. Change is urgently needed to get the nation’s mental health and wellbeing back on track.
The 2023 General Election is coming up on Saturday, 14 October. Now is the time to advocate for a better mental health system, so good mental health policies can be developed ahead of the election and form part of the post-election government's plans.
Who is this website hub for?
This hub is for all people living in Aotearoa. No matter who you are, you can help advocate for good mental health policy this election.
If you are part of a political party or developing policy
Take a look at our four-step guide ‘What does good mental health policy look like this election?’ It offers advice on mental health and wellbeing in Aotearoa; what good mental health policy looks like; and how to implement good policy to win over the hearts and minds of New Zealanders this election.
If you are a member of the public who wants to help drive change
Check out our ‘Make change this election’ page. It offers information and resources to help you advocate for a better mental health system.
If you work in the media
Check out our media hub – a handy portal that holds all our media releases, statements and factsheets relevant to mental health this election.
All of our resources and tools on this election hub are informed by what we hear from communities across Aotearoa every day, and a solid research evidence base.
Why is the Mental Health Foundation involved?
We are an independent charity striving for an Aotearoa where all people can flourish and grow positive mental wellbeing, or mauri ora. Achieving a society where all people flourish requires change at all levels of the individual, community, social and system spheres. Advocating for mental health and wellbeing change at the system level, such as in government policy during the elections, is a core part of what we do.
We have a dedicated policy and advocacy team who advocate for system change every day, and led the development of the resources in this hub.
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is proud to be politically neutral. We do not hold biases or preferences towards any political party.
Authorised by Shaun Robinson, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Eden 3, Ground Floor, 16 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024.
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