We focus our attention on where we can make the biggest impact.
We focus on systemic advocacy rather than providing individual advocacy support.
This means we promote changes to attitudes and behaviours, policies, systems or laws that impact negatively on people with experience of mental distress and create barriers to wellbeing for all of us. We also encourage policies, systems and laws that protect and promote wellbeing.
Our policy and advocacy work doesn’t just look at the health sector
As well as advocating to improve the mental health system and increase support for people bereaved by suicide, we advise on laws and policies that aren’t directly related to the health sector but that have a big impact on our mental wellbeing. This means tackling, for example, poverty, racism, colonisation, discrimination, family violence, poor housing, bullying and isolation. It also means standing up for the things we know protect people’s mental wellbeing, such as tino rangatiratanga, our sense of identity and belonging, and exercising our human rights.