The Community in Mind strategy guides agencies and community groups to develop, target and coordinate their work programmes and activities for the psychosocial recovery of greater Christchurch communities. It identifies three priority action areas to achieve its principles and objectives:
- community-led recovery,
- innovative service provision and
- engagement and communication.
Psychosocial effects are defined as how individuals feel and how they relate to each other. The psychosocial effects of a disaster have the potential to cause as much damage as any infrastructure loss. For most people the Canterbury earthquakes and aftershocks have had psychosocial effects. The Strategy was written and prepared by CERA with oversight and input from the Psychosocial Subcommittee and a large number of member central and local government agencies, NGOs and community groups. Residents of greater Christchurch had initial input into the Strategy through focus groups and interviews. International researchers and practitioners had input into the Strategy through key informant interviews and a literature search.
The Programme of Action (under development) will:
- Apply the guiding principles to key priority actions;
- Further develop and describe key priority actions and associated initiatives
- Provide information about key actions and initiatives underway and the agencies/groups responsible;
- Identify coordination and information contact points;
- Incorporate a monitoring and reporting framework.
All actions included in the Programme of Action will relate directly to the three priority areas in the Strategy. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]