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RANZCP statement in response to the Christchurch shootings

15 March 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) expresses its concern and deep sadness at the terrifying events in Christchurch this afternoon.

‘Our immediate thoughts go out to all of those people affected by these events’, said RANZCP President, Dr Kym Jenkins.

‘While we understand that these events and the full extent of their impact are still unfolding, we know this is a dreadful day for many people, their families and the wider community.

‘We express our thanks for the dedication, professionalism and actions of all the emergency workers, police, hospital staff and the public who have responded to this incident.

‘It is vital that those struggling to cope with serious incidents such as these communicate your concern to your General Practitioner who if necessary can refer you to a mental health professional for treatment,’ said Dr Jenkins.

For more information, please see our list of mental health support services in New Zealand and refer to our factsheet on the first steps to seek mental health support. 

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