Ardern government doubles mental health funds after mosque attacks

Christchurch: Recognising broad trauma suffered from the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand's government has doubled the budget for mental health support.

More than $NZ8.6 million ($8 million) will be distributed to meet demand for post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and other community needs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern greets students on Friday.Credit:Getty Images

"We will be dealing with the trauma of this day for years to come," she said.

"As we mark six months since the horrific events of 15 March, we remember the remarkable community spirit and unity that was on display in the weeks that followed.

"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."

Ardern visited a Christchurch school on Friday, six months after the horrific shootings that killed 51 Muslims.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at West Spreydon school on Friday.Credit:Getty Images

She announced that a locally-designed resilience and wellbeing program called Sparklers would be rolled out nationally.


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