Who’s helping the kids in the east?

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Jason has moved home 6 times since the earthquakes. He admits “it’s doing my head in.”

Jason lives in Christchurch’s East, where a nationwide mental health study has identified young people are suffering the most. Poverty-related issues and earthquake stress - trauma on trauma. Who’s helping the kids in the East?

Christchurch Dilemmas spends a day with the players, the rappers, the troubled teens, and their enigmatic mentor.


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