Support Following the Christchurch Mosque Shootings

The team at MHERC would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragic attack.

This is a distressing time for everyone in Christchurch.

If you or someone you know needs mental wellbeing support or advice, please call or text 1737 anytime, day or night, to talk to a trained counsellor.

How to cope

  • Don't watch the footage circulating online of the massacre
  • Check on friends, family and neighbours, especially those in Christchurch
  • Tell children as little as possible, but if they ask keep answers simple and factual
  • It's okay to ask for help - your GP is the best place to start

   - Ian Lambie, Clinical Psychologist (via

Helping children to cope

  • Turn off TV and media as it will reinforce the trauma.
  • Show you are concerned like them, but feel safe now. If you feel safe, they are likely to.
  • Express confidence in how quickly the police responded and their ability to protect us.
  • Be especially aware of how your “tween” is responding. Eleven is a very vulnerable age for loss and grief and our eleven year olds have already been traumatised by the earthquakes.
  • Pamper them, cuddle them, support them. If they are responding particularly badly - take them to a safe place out of Christchurch if you can - the sooner the trauma stops for them the better they will recover.

   - Nathan Wallis, Neuroscience educator and child development expert

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