Plunket made a submission into the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, a process designed to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand. The Inquiry asked people to tell them:
What’s working well?
What’s not working well?
What could be done better?
What sort of society would be best for the mental health of all of our people?
Plunket’s submission is based on an understanding of health and well-being informed by Te Whare Tapa Whā model. The four dimensions of well-being, Taha tinana (physical health), Taha Wairua (spiritual health), Taha whānau (family health), and Taha hinengaro (mental health) are equally important to the well-being of tamariki/children and their whānau and family.