Welcome to the Balance Aotearoa Website
The Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry panel received over 5,000 submissions, and Panel members have attended over 300 meetings with individuals, community groups and stakeholders around the country. They’ve heard from many people about their experiences of mental health and addiction. This includes individuals’ personal experiences (directly or as family/whanau), what’s working well and what isn’t, and the experiences of providers, clinicians and advocates.
The Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry panel intends to honour our contributions by developing a report that leads to significant improvements in mental health and addiction in New Zealand and creates hope for the future. This Inquiry is a once in a generation opportunity to make real change. We are seizing that opportunity.
Balance Aotearoa is having its turn this week in Whanganui this week. And this is our written submission with an appendix that we will be talking to the Panel about, as well as hosting Whanganui Tangata Whaiora to have their say.
Balance NZ and Balance Whanganui merged to become Balance Aotearoa in July 2016. We took this decision to ensure the ongoing sustainability of our respective organisations so that we can continue to contribute to the mental health and addictions sector as a peer-led organisation.
All the things that Balance NZ currently does will remain in place i.e. peer led workshops, the online forums and our participation as a Disabled Person’s Organisation.
The main change is for those people who are members of Balance NZ as your membership of Balance NZ which will now become null and void. This means you will need to apply to become a member of Balance Aotearoa should you wish to.
Thank you for your ongoing support.