This manifesto was conceived by Mary O’Hagan, a lived experience advocate, and former mental health commissioner with a long-held interest in system transformation. It was refined at a PeerZone seminar in November 2017 and through further consultation with Māori, Pasifika people, health promotion experts, mental health professionals, mental health system leaders and people with lived experience. We would like to thank all who gave feedback. You made this manifesto stronger. This manifesto has also taken note of the stories, evidence and advocacy in several recent New Zealand and international publications.

PeerZone is a social enterprise that develops and delivers supports and resources by and for people with mental distress. We believe that with social justice and the right kind of support all people with experience of mental distress can lead great lives:

ActionStation is a community of everyday New Zealanders who act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us - everyday people and Papatūānuku, the planet we love:



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The People's Report on Mental Health

This report summarised the stories of 500 people who use or work in mental health and addiction services. Action Station presented the report to Health Minister David Clark, who confirmed that his government will implement its recommendations, starting with the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. The Wellbeing Manifesto starts where the People’s Report ended with more system-based, long-term recommendations.

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The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction gives us a rare opportunity to restart the transition from Big Psychiatry to Big Community. New Zealand can lead the world in giving its people open access to a full menu of resources and services to sustain and restore wellbeing.

This open submission will be presented to the Inquiry panel at a public meeting in early August. All people who sign up will be invited. Please support the Wellbeing Manifesto by signing up to it as an individual or as an agency at

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