$8.7m for mosque attack victims' mental health support

2:19 pm on 13 September 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced further mental health support for people affected by the Christchurch terror attacks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing the Cabinet reshuffle.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing the Cabinet reshuffle. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Cabinet approved a further $8.7 million towards the victims today, on top of the $8.5m already allocated in this year's Budget.

Ms Ardern said coming into the six-month anniversary of the attacks, the government acknowledged it would be dealing with the trauma of that day for years to come.

"Canterbury DHB has done an incredible job from the emergency response treating victims, through to supporting their physical and mental recovery. But there is more work to be done.

"It's vital that survivors, families, the Muslim community and the people of Christchurch know that we will be there to support them for the long-haul."

Additional funding will help:

  • Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious issues
  • Community mental health and addiction support
  • Cultural competency training for GPs
  • Allowing extended GP consultations for those directly affected by the attacks
  • Building community resilience.

"I want to again thank everyone who has been involved supporting people affected by the terror attacks - from community leaders and organisations to medical and mental health staff," Ms Ardern said.

"Your efforts have made a huge difference in the most challenging of times."

More to come. . .

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