Emergencies and Trauma

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

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

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