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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey on Tuesday brought Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee to Canterbury to hear from service providers about mental-health provision following the earthquakes.

Doocey is the Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee.

“With my background in mental health, I pushed for a cross-party working group to come down for a full day to meet mental-health providers on the ground,” Doocey said.

The MP added that the day was spent listening and talking to service providers about what had gone well in responding to communities’ psycho-social recovery needs in post-earthquake Canterbury – and about what had not gone so well.

The working group spoke to a range of providers, including New Zealand Red Cross; the Leadership in Communities Project (LinC); the Canterbury District Health Board; the Mental Health Foundation; the Mental Health Education & Resource Centre (MHERC) and the Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust.

“It was good to discuss some key learnings from the earthquake response and to get cross-party collaboration to ensure we are keeping connected to the issues on the ground,” Doocey said.

“Services reported they are now focusing on the secondary stresses caused by the earthquakes and that helping communities and individuals gain a sense of control was central to their recovery process,” Doocey said.

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