Reflecting on the Christchurch tragedy
‘On behalf of the entire Ministry of Health, I extend my deepest sympathies and strongest support to the families, the victims, and, of course, the Muslim community in Christchurch and around Aotearoa New Zealand,’ says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
‘I also want to acknowledge and pay tribute to the work of people in the health sector in Christchurch: the first responders from St John, primary care and the amazing staff, both clinical and non-clinical, at Christchurch Hospital and Canterbury DHB, who have been nothing short of outstanding in dealing not just with the injured but with their families, loved ones, and friends.’
Anyone distressed by the incident in Christchurch can speak to or text a counsellor at no cost by calling or texting 1737.
‘After a traumatic event, for people directly involved, who have family and friends involved, who work in services that are part of the response to the event, and for the wider community, it is normal to feel distressed, and to experience symptoms of stress,’ Dr Bloomfield says.
‘The Ministry of Health and 1737 have created resources that give advice for those experiencing mental distress, including how to help and support children, and help with grief.’
The resources have been translated into various languages and can be downloaded from the Ministry website. A shortened URL has been developed so people can easily access the resources: health.govt.nz/coping-after-a-traumatic-event. Please share this with your networks.