We heard just last week that the Government are slowly moving on the issue with reports in The Press citing Health Minister Jonathan Coleman saying that he has officials looking into a multi-million dollar "extra package for mental health services" for Canterbury, in light of the Valentine's Day aftershock.
Our strategy from day one has been simple: keep the story on top of people’s mind and continue to pressure the Government to change their decision. It’s now working, but we can’t stop now.
No final decision has been made - and any extra funding would need to be signed off by cabinet. That’s why we need to take our campaign to rest of New Zealand to show all the Government’s Ministers this isn’t just an issue for Canterbury - it’s an issue that all Kiwi’s can empathise with. We need to tell the story of what the Valentine's Day aftershock has meant for people’s mental health in Canterbury and why the region needs more funding for mental health services - not less.
Over 1,000 people filled out the survey we sent to you last week asking what you think would be the best way forward. The top result was to produce a short video featuring perspectives and personal stories from Christchurch - and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
From the donations that came in - from people chipping in after they’d filled out the survey - we’ve raised nearly enough money to make the video, but we still need another 100 people to chip in to get us over the line. So can you be one of the 100 people we need to chip in to fund a short video featuring the perspectives and personal stories from Christchurch on why it needs more funding for mental health services.
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