We encourage you to connect with your friends, family and community.
Ask for help and seek support. Give support when you can and also care for yourself.
Here are some thoughts on the feelings that accompany disaster events such as this, and recognising the signs of stress – followed by some helpful numbers. These may be useful for discussions with family members or to pass on to your patients and communities. (Thanks to the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) for sharing these resources)
Understand Disaster Events
Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. The emotional toll that disaster brings can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business or personal property.
Recognise Signs of Disaster-Related Stress
When adults have the following signs, they might need crisis counseling or stress management assistance:
New Zealand Crisis Phone Numbers