News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Earthquake impacts on all New Zealanders

Media Statement – For Immediate Release February 28, 2010

Earthquake impacts on all New Zealanders


For those of us out of Christchurch, the enormity of what has happened to our family, friends and colleagues in Christchurch will be impacting on how we go about our daily lives.

“The earthquake’s impact will be affecting many of us in many ways. That is to be expected, given the magnitude of this national disaster,” says Cary Hayward Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga (RSW) National Practice Manager.

“It is not unusual to feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed following the earthquake – this is your body’s way of reacting to shocking news.

“You may also be feeling powerless in that you want to help, but can’t,” he says.

There are simple things you can do to help yourself and help with the city’s recovery effort, he says:

• Stick to routine and keep your children in a routine
• Limit the amount of news coverage you and your children are watching
• Continue to do things that give you pleasure
• Find practical ways to help Christchurch people – donate or help with fundraising efforts for the earthquake appeal, for example, while it is impractical to send home baking down to Christchurch you could run a cake stall at your work or in your community

RSW’s counsellors are available to help you develop further strategies to cope. They can be reached through our free Government funded earthquake crisis telephone counselling service on:

• 0800 RELATE number – 0800 735 283
• or our national office number (04) 472 8798.

For face to face counselling you can find your nearest RSW office call 0800 RELATE number – 0800 735 283 or visit our website, www.relate.org.nz

For more information on how to deal with your feelings following the earthquake go to: www.relate.org.nz

ENDS

Website: www.relate.org.nz

Relationship Services is New Zealand’s largest provider of professional counselling and relationship education, assisting over 28,000 people each year and working in over 70 communities throughout the country. It is a not-for-profit organisation providing affordable services for individuals, couples and families. Relationship Services has expertise in couple counselling, working with Maori, individual and family therapy, working with violence and abuse, youth at risk, and workplace issues.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Foo Fighters: Exclusive Show In Support Of Music Foundation

Frontier Touring has today announced that the Foo Fighters will play a last minute intimate and exclusive benefit show at the Auckland Town Hall this Friday February 20 with all profits going to The New Zealand Music Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Celia Lashlie: Legacy Will Live On

Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie leaves a legacy that will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders for years to come, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Celia was a powerful voice for reason, sense and compassion. Her work, particularly with teenage boys, was ground-breaking." More>>

ALSO:

Obituary: Sad Farewell To PPTA Activist Robin Duff

Duff has been a long-time fixture of the association... Most recently Duff has been working hard to support Canterbury teachers through the quakes that devastated the region. More>>

ALSO:

Poroporoaki: Dr Apirana Tuahae Kaukapakapa Mahuika

Papa Api was a man of many great gifts and occupied a long list of roles including priest, teacher, scholar, politician, and leader. Chair of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, and a rangatira of his iwi... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news