Emergencies & Traumatic Events

COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak has now reached Aotearoa and will likely impact us all both professionally and personally as we deal with the implications of this outbreak.
We provide links to resources for you on how we can keep ourselves and our families safe and on ways to safeguard the wellbeing of clients and employees.

Ministry of Health resources for health professionals

Ministry of Health general information

The World Health Organisation has an excellent resource although aimed at frontline workers, makes important points on wellbeing
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Outbreak: rights, roles and responsibilities of health workers….

Safetravel website

Health Navigator New Zealand
Overview and information for health providers

MBIE workplace response to COVID-19

COVID-19 and psychology services: How to protect your patients and your practice  (APA resource)

How COVID-19 may impact mental health

Talking to children about COVID-19: A parent resource
(National Association of School Psychologists- (Maryland, USA)

Five ways to view coverage of the coronavirus  (American Psychological Assocation)

Easing anxiety in the wake of the coronavirus- Australian Psychological Society

Coronavirus: psychologists offer advice for maintaining positive health- Australian Psychological Society

Trauma Resources

Psychologists can provide a vital role in the community by reinforcing important messages about the impact of trauma and building resilience:

  • Strong feelings and trauma responses are normal
  • Trauma affects everyone differently and there is no “right way” to deal with trauma
  • Encourage connection over isolation
  • Encourage and enable support/help seeking
  • Encourage use of existing support mechanisms, including spiritual and cultural practices
  • Children learn about managing feelings, building resilience and responses to trauma from those around them

Support agencies/ available counselling

Canterbury Charity Hospital offers free counselling following Christchurch terror attack

Phone support through government funded Telehealth services including:
Home Care Medical (Auckland Help Line)

Victim Support Official page

Resources on Trauma

Note: there is a wealth of information available relating to trauma – this is not an exhaustive list however below are some examples of well evidenced information

The Impact of Distressing Video Material

As you may be aware, there is video footage of last Friday’s terror attack that has been circulating on-line.  Authorities and internet providers are working together to identify those people who have shared it, and it’s being removed from circulation.
This video material may be highly distressing. We encourage those who are impacted by viewing this material to seek support as needed. You can phone or text 1737 at any time to access free confidential counselling services.  You can also access EAP and / or Workplace Support in the usual ways.
Please be aware of the impact of recent events and the repeated viewing of distressing video material on children and young people. Read more

  • Resources for parents/whānau/community

From the Muslim Wellness Foundation: COPING WITH COMMUNITY TRAUMA

Waitemata DHB: Resources for working with the Muslim community

The major event in Christchurch -what you might be feeling and why– Sarb Johal

The major event in Christchurch- talking with children– Sarb Johal

Interview of Sarb Johal on Radio NZ: Helping young people through the aftermath of the Christchurch mass shootings

MOH: Coping after a traumatic event

MOH: Mental health advice for coping after a traumatic event

MOH: Advice on supporting your kids after a traumatic event

MOH: Helping children deal with trauma

MOH: Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people (PDF)

Info Sheet: Coping after a serious event – from Le Va

Tips for talking with and helping children and young people cope after community violence – Guidelines for parents, caregivers and teachers – from the APS

  • Resources for Teachers and Schools

British Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/talking-with-children-about-a-major-emergency

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Heads Up CIO: Package For Emergency Events In Schools and Communities

  • Resources for Professionals and Support Services

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Mass violence resources

Creating stronger communities: Insights from psychological science – from the APS

From the Journal of Traumatic Stress, the issue Trauma in the Context of Mass Shootings, is available online through the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Framework for Psychosocial Support in Emergencies – for those involved in  planning, coordinating and delivering psychosocial interventions and mental health treatments in an emergency

  • Further General trauma-related Resources/Information

The Parenting Place: How to talk to your kids about: Trauma

Oranga Tamariki: Talking about traumatic events

Tragic events and community violence

Coping following community violence– Strategies for coping following community violence- from the APS

Public Health Matters Blog: Helping Children Cope With a Disaster

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting – from the APA

When disasters and emergencies are caused by community violence– Guidelines for organisations for
providing psychosocial support following community violence- from the APS

Tools for communicating about violence, peace and social justice – from the APS

Managing Stress in an Emergency

New Zealand Red Cross – disaster management

Mental health advice for coping after a traumatic event

Tips for recovering from traumatic events

Trauma – from the APS

Taking Care of your Emotional Health after a Disaster (PDF)

Global Disasters: Helping Children Cope (PDF)

Grief Guide – for children (PDF)

Responding to Natural Disasters: Helping Children and Families – Information for School Crisis Teams (PDF)

Disaster Communications Guidelines: Response and Recovery Planning for Public Leaders and Spokespersons (PDF)

Post traumatic stress disorder after the Haitian earthquake (KevinMD.com – blog)

Coping with Disaster – FEMA

Helping Children Cope with Disaster