We are all impacted by what’s happened in Christchurch. If you, or someone you know, needs mental wellbeing support or advice then call or text 1737 anytime for free, 24/7. There’s also some great advice on coping after a traumatic event.
Children are asking what’s happened? Why did it happen? Why are people upset?
- Reassure them that the event is over and they are safe.
- Encourage them to talk about how they feel
- Encourage them to ask questions, and answer them in plain language be honest but avoid details.
- Give your children extra love, attention and your time.
- Remember that children look to us as parents to feel safe and to know how to respond – reassure them, share that you are upset too.
And for the wider community, the thing to know is that after a traumatic event it is normal to feel distressed, anxious and maybe even angry.
Take care of yourselves
- Spend time in places that feel safe and comfortable
- Tell yourself that how you are feeling is a normal reaction and it will pass
- Reach out to family and whānau, friends, workmates
- Keep to usual routines .
- Keep active
Try not to
- Talk about details of the traumatic event repeatedly – talking about feelings is helpful, but avoid repeatedly talking about what happened, of the detail of the event, what you saw, and so on.
- Being constantly reminded of the event is not helpful – turn off Facebook and the news if it’s distressing you
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