Help and advice available to people shaken by earthquakes

14 Nov, 2016

It’s normal to feel scared and worried after an earthquake like the 7.5 magnitude shake that has been felt in both the South and North Islands in the early hours of 14 November.

The earthquake struck near Hanmer Springs and was felt strongly in Christchurch, Wellington and Marlborough. Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island was the worst affected.

Following the Canterbury earthquakes that began in 2010, several resources were put together containing helpful tips and advice on how to cope. That advice is still relevant and available to help you now.

Remembering to take care of your loved ones is very important, but don’t forget about yourself too. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings, be kind to yourself and stay in touch with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Visit our earthquake help page for information about coping after a big shake.

If you are finding it hard to cope, anyone in New Zealand can ring the Earthquake Support Line for emotional support and advice. They also have specific information about EQC and insurance claims for people in the Canterbury region. Phone 0800 777 846.

For more information please contact:

Sophia Graham
09 623 4810 ext 811
021 740 454
sophia.graham@mentalhealth.org.nz