20 Jun 2016

Canterbury mental health services to receive $1m cash-injection

6:45 pm on 20 June 2016

Mental health support services in Canterbury will be given a $1 million boost, to aid providers in helping more people, including those with post-quake stress.

The crown and city council community partnership was signalled by the Minister of Health in March as part of an announcement to increase mental health funding for Canterbury.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said many people have been under a lot of stress since the 2011 Canterbury earthquake and the fund would help support them.

"You know, some of the challenges that we're having to face as a city - so what are the support networks, services, whatever, that might assist people resolve some of those issues, and we think that goes to mental well-being."

Ms Dalziel said the fund could be signed off tomorrow when the council meets to approve the 2016/17 annual plan.