Plunket advocate for whānau mental health

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.

Mental illness in one generation is frequently transmitted to the next. Our submission emphasizes the need for a whānau and family approach to mental health and well-being; it focuses on maternal mental health and tamariki, infant and child mental health and the strong relationship between the two.

Read: Plunket’s Submission to the Mental Health Inquiry, 5 June 2018

30 June 2018

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