Waimakariri MP welcomes $20m mental-health package for Canterbury

Waimakariri news
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed an extra $20 million over the next three years to increase mental-health support for people in Canterbury, announced by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman this week.

“The Valentine’s Day quake was a reminder that many are still battling through their own personal recovery journeys,” Doocey said. “In November I hosted Minister Coleman in Waimakariri to visit Kaiapoi Borough School to see first-hand the model of pastoral care and wrap-around support the school has developed to work with children affected by anxiety and stress. Some of our children, and their families, are requiring ongoing mental-health support.

“We know that years three to seven are the most significant psychologically and socially in the recovery process. On top of that, there are the expected everyday stresses associated with change – whether it’s moving to a new house because of the earthquake, or even a new school for those new to our electorate,” Doocey said.

“With my background in mental health, I know how essential it is to link people to the right services and I am delighted  this extra funding has been made available,” Doocey said.