Mental health inquiry panel waiting for Government response to report

The mental health and addiction inquiry panel is waiting to see how the Government will react to its report, after delivering its findings on Wednesday.

The panel spent 10 months of listening to people across the country and received around 5000 submissions.

Mental health advocate and panel member Josiah Tualamali'i told Newshub he hopes the people the panel spoke to will be heard.

"The people who are struggling with addiction challenges, I have so much respect for you," he said.

"As a panel we have so much respect for you."

Mr Tualamali'I said there are some things people can do rather than wait for the Government to take action, as mental health problems can be a lonely struggle.

"People have said when they have found the ability to open up to someone, someone's held them faithfully, it's made a big difference," he said.

"That's not something we have to wait on the Government to do, that's just something we can do in every day."

Mr Tualamali'i says he's excited to see how Minister of Health David Clark will respond.