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Increase funding for mental health services in Canterbury

The CDHB is being forced to make cuts to its mental health services as a result of a funding shortfall. They have appealed to the central government for help however the the government are refusing to acknowledge the increased need for funding in Canterbury despite evidence that the region's people, especially children, are suffering.

National Health Board acting national director Michael Hundleby has stated that demand for mental health services in Canterbury is around the national average despite evidence that suicide-related calls to the police in the region have doubled since 2011 and Cantabrians are responsible for almost 17% of antidepressant prescriptions, 13% of sedative prescriptions and 16% of antipsychotic prescriptions in New Zealand although they only represent 11.5% of the population.

The government needs to give the CDHB more funding for mental health services in Christchurch immediately, especially in light of the recent major aftershock on 14th February. It is outrageous that the National government is prepared to spend $26 million on a highly controversial flag referendum when the people of Canterbury are suffering and will continue to suffer if this problem is not addressed. 

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