The government's holding back on taking recommendations from a Mental Health Commission report which suggests there should be a policy of 'zero tolerance of suicides in services' and an overall suicide reduction target of at least 10%.

Health Minister David Clark says he's leaving the setting of targets up to the newly established government inquiry on mental health, due to be completed in October.

“They are independent so they can make hard recommendations to the government. We've set it up that way and the government I'm sure will find some of the findings challenging. I'm sure that's the point of an independent inquiry, we want the best advice and then we'll make decisions from there.”

The Mental Health Commission report will be available to the inquiry.