If dealing with the ongoing pressures of your earthquake-related claims and insurance issues, or participating in this Inquiry brings difficult issues back to the surface for you, there are a number of ways you can access help and support.

The recent terrorist attack in Christchurch may also have added to the stresses you are facing, and there are links to resources below that may be useful. A good place to start is https://allright.org.nz/(external link)

The following is advice provided by the Canterbury District Health Board:  

While causes of stress can feel out of our control, there are things we can all do to look after ourselves and our loved ones. Little things, like talking to trusted friends and family members, or getting some fresh air, can make a world of difference.

But sometimes that’s not enough. If you’re constantly feeling stressed or anxious, or having problems sleeping, your general practice team should be your first port of call. They can provide advice on a wide range of services and counselling available.

If you need someone to talk to right now, you can text or call toll-free and talk to a counsellor.

Free call or text 1737 to have a confidential chat to a counsellor totally free of charge.

Need to talk? free call or text 1737 any time

Resources

Practical tips for looking after yourself and others

AR-Practical-Tips-A3-poster.pdf [PDF, 772 KB]

Who can help me with stress?

https://www.healthinfo.org.nz/Who-can-help-me-cope-with-stress.htm(external link)

Coping after a traumatic event

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/mental-health-and-addictions/mental-health/mental-health-advice-coping-after-traumatic-event(external link)

Tips for sleeping well

https://www.healthinfo.org.nz/Sleep-hygiene.htm(external link)

Tips for supporting your wellbeing, from AllRight?

https://allright.org.nz/(external link)

And for resources for the kids, check out the Sparklers from the AllRight? Team. More than 50 ideas that teach children things they can do to stay calm, manage worries, be kind and feel good:

http://sparklers.org.nz/(external link)

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