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 parents/whānau/community

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

From the Muslim Wellness Foundation: COPING WITH COMMUNITY TRAUMA

Waitemata DHB: Resources for working with the Muslim community

  • 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


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