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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed a new, easy-to-access pathway for mental-health support that is a free text or call away.

“By ringing or texting 1737, you can go straight through to trained mental-health professionals 24/7,” Doocey said.

“In today’s digital age, most of us have our phones with us all the time. I urge people to save 1737 on their phone contacts and to pass on that number to a friend who might need support,” Doocey said.

“We all experience different levels of mental health at different times in our lives and we all go through times of needing extra support. If this easy-to-use number brings down barriers to people accessing support and talking about how they are really feeling, then I back this 100 percent.

“We need to be encouraging everyone to have 1737 saved on their phones and to spread the word to their friends,” Doocey said.

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