Mental health

Mental wellness links strongly with social determinants and equity, and there is an opportunity for this to be an area of proactive advocacy for the NZMA: “There is no health without mental health” - WHO

In our 2012 response to the draft Mental Health and Addiction Service Plan (2012-2017), the NZMA endorsed measures to:

  • improve integration of care
  • ensure early intervention
  • address disparities in health outcomes
  • provide better access to services for children and youth.

Issues of concern centred on funding models and priorities, particularly if a redirection of resources opens up gaps in existing services.

There is a growing acknowledgment of the link between mental health and physical health. People with mental health conditions typically have poorer physical health status and conversely those with poor health may often experience mental health issues.