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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says a community discussion being held this month on residents’ shared experiences around mental health will help to break the stigma of asking for help.

The event, on Monday 26 March at 7.30pm in the Rangiora Town Hall, is the first in a series of community discussions Doocey is facilitating around mental health.

“Paul Lynch, author of ‘Suicide; Aftermath and Beyond’ will be challenging our current approaches to suicide and providing some interesting food for thought,” Doocey said. “This event is being held to encourage our community to start talking about mental health to promote awareness and to reduce the stigma of asking for help.

“When I was working in the mental health field at the Tavistock Clinic in London, I once heard one of the professors remark that what we know about mental health today is at the same point of what we knew about physical health 50 years ago. Countries all over the world are looking to develop innovative approaches to address an increase in demand for mental-health services. We are all in this together and the more we can speak openly within our communities about mental health, the more people we can help,” Doocey said.

Canterbury Rural PHO Mental Health Services and Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust will profile their services at the event and signpost people to where they can get help.

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