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Supporting each other after the Christchurch terrorist attack

On March 15, two mosques in Christchurch were subjected to a terrorist attack by a white supremacist.

As the muslim community, Cantabrians and all New Zealanders come together to support each other, the Mental Health Foundation has put together some important resources to help guide your conversations and to look after your mental health and the mental health of the other people around you.

To our Muslim friends we are sending you all our love. You are our Whanau, you belong here. This is your home and you deserve to be safe here.

It’s normal and understandable to feel a range of emotions about the attacks. It’s all right to feel numb, it’s all right to feel angry, sad, guilty, relieved, lucky, hurt or scared.

It’s also normal to be physically affected, to startle easily, have a racing heartbeat, to feel aches and pains, to have difficulty concentrating, to feel very tired, to feel agitated and tense.

If you were close to the attack or directly impacted by it, nightmares, flashbacks and heightened reactions to stress and triggers are common and understandable.

If these feelings persist, make an appointment with your GP or Iwi health provider.

It’s all right to feel however you’re feeling, and it’s all right to ask for support to get through. You can free call or text 1737 at any time to talk with a trained counsellor. It’s confidential and available 24/7.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Ministry of Health have come together to offer you help and resources on  a variety of topics:

  • What are some of the emotions that you may feel?
  • What are some of the things that you can do to get through and support your mental health
  • What organisations can give you mental support in NZ?
  • Self help strategies
  • How to talk to young people
  • Talking to children about scary world news.
  • The NZ Ministry of Health recommendations on how to cope with a traumatic event (in 8 languages)
  • The MHF has also put out a statement: Extremism is not a mental illness

You can also access resources from the UK Mental Health Foundation

Help line information in New Zealand

Young people and their caregivers can also contact any of the below helplines for support and advice:

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz

thelowdown.co.nz – or email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626

Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age.

 

Kia Kaha- Be Strong..
Ko Tatou Tetahi- We are one.

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