Experiencing a disaster can be overwhelming. It’s normal for you and your whānau to feel upset and physically drained during and after an emergency event.
In an emergency, call 111.
Your mental and emotional wellbeing is important. It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious during or after an emergency. But there are things you can do to feel better.
You can text or phone 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor. They can help if you:
If you feel you're not coping, talk to a health professional. Seek medical help from your doctor or a mental health provider familiar with the effects of disasters.
Some people may never have a reaction. Others may have delayed reactions that show up days, weeks or even months after the disaster happens. Not everyone has reactions right away. Your symptoms may go and then come back again when something makes you think of the disaster.
After a disaster, be sure to talk to someone about how you are feeling. There may be a specialist post-disaster crisis counsellor appointed in your area.