Community in Mind

The Canterbury DHB took over responsibility for coordinating psychosocial recovery work from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) on 1st March 2016.

Ongoing work allocated to Community and Public Health (as part of the Canterbury DHB) includes:

  • Governance: Community and Public Health convenes a Psychosocial Committee to plan, coordinate, promote and monitor the psychosocial recovery and wellbeing of the population of greater Christchurch. Community and Public Health also convenes the Psychosocial Governance Group, which connects the work of the Greater Christchurch Partnership (GCP).
  • Service coordination: The Psychosocial Committee ensures continued provision of support through the Community in Mind Strategy and Shared Programme of Action.
  • Monitoring: Community and Public Health manages monitoring and reporting on community wellbeing through the:

Life for many in Canterbury is improving. However the psychosocial impacts of the 2010/11 earthquakes are still being felt. It is estimated psychosocial recovery from disasters of the magnitude of the Canterbury Earthquake sequence will take at least a decade.

How Community in Mind works

Community in Mind was developed to help people and communities in greater Christchurch rebuild their health and wellbeing. Together, the Community in Mind Strategy and Shared Programme of Action would guide agencies, organisations and community groups to develop, target and coordinate their activities to support this.

The Community in Mind Strategy provides the context and shared vision and principles for psychosocial recovery in greater Christchurch. It identifies actions in three focus areas: community-led, communication and engagement and innovative services.

The Shared Programme of Action expands on these actions, by outlining which agencies, organisations and groups are carrying out work aligned with these actions – what they’re doing, when they’re doing it and how it all connects together.

The Shared Programme of Action is a practical tool for the Psychosocial Committee – making visible some of the Committee’s collective knowledge about its work and context. It is not intended to be a register of all activities under way in the city although it is publicly available. The Shared Programme of Action is updated annually.

The agencies, organisations and groups that are actively part of the Psychosocial Committee include:

  • All Right? Campaign;
  • Canterbury District Health Board, including Community and Public Health, Specialist Mental Health, and Planning and Funding;
  • Earthquake Commission;
  • Earthquake Disability Leadership Group;
  • Faith-based delegates;
  • Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service;
  • Land Information New Zealand;
  • Local councils: Christchurch City Council, and Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils;
  • Mental Health Education and Resource Centre;
  • Mental Health Foundation;
  • Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM);
  • Ministry of Education;
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples;
  • New Zealand Red Cross;
  • NGO delegates including One Voice Te Reo Kotahi;
  • Pegasus Health;
  • Social services delegates;
  • Te Puni Kōkiri;
  • Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu – The Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island; and
  • University of Canterbury.

Where Community in Mind came from

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee recommended a comprehensive and effective psychosocial recovery programme, following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence.

Community in Mind was developed as a direct result of this recommendation.

  • 2011: A high-level Strategic Planning Framework was prepared collaboratively between a number of local agencies and NGOs and a national forum. As the focus of that framework was high-level and new trends were observed and projections made over the subsequent period, psychosocial recovery was then revisited with the concept of Community in Mind.
    Read the Strategic Planning Framework (May 2011) [PDF 440KB]
  • 2013: Work began on the Community in Mind: Greater Christchurch Psychosocial Recovery Background Document and Strategy.
    Read the Community in Mind: Greater Christchurch Psychosocial Recovery Background Document [PDF 1.3MB]
  • 2014: The Strategy was launched by Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner and work commenced on the Shared Programme of Action.
  • 2015: The Shared Programme of Action was released.
  • Early 2016: The Canterbury DHB inherited psychosocial recovery responsibilities when CERA was disestablished.
  • December 2016: The revised Shared Programme of Action was released.

For more information, contact:

Sara Epperson
Ph:+64 3 378 6702


Updates from the Psychosocial Committee

The Greater Christchurch Psychosocial Committee (GCPC) prepares short monthly updates for the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee’s Urban Development and Regeneration (UDR) Update.

The Committee previously prepared a six-monthly report to provide general information and share its recent achievements.


Page last updated: 29/10/2019

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