My NZ Fabians Society Seminar: Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand

On Friday 21 July, I gave an invited seminar to the NZ Fabians Society in Wellington. It was entitled, “Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand”.

Amongst other issues, in this discussion I provided reminders of the importance of exposure to unfavourable social, economic and environmental circumstances in the genesis of distress, curiously absent in many current narratives, as well as considering two principles and three ‘pillar’ ideas for supporting and strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

The Principles are relationships and time.

Those Pillars are;

  1. standards
  2. workforce development
  3. increasing and encouraging ways to access mental health and wellbeing services

I’ve attached an audio I’ve recorded of the seminar here. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss these ideas further. I hope you find the podcast interesting.