Health & wellbeing  |  24 Aug 2020

With the sentencing for the 15 March 2019 mosque attacks beginning today, the Canterbury District Health Board is reminding people who may feel distressed that support is available for them.

Canterbury DHB psychiatrist Dr Caroline Bell says the sentencing is likely to cause some people in the community distress.

“It’s important we’re aware it is natural that any media coverage of the sentencing may reawaken memories of that terrible day,” Dr Bell says.

Everyone should remember that if they want to talk to someone, they can phone or text 1737 to be connected with a counsellor at any time of the day or night. This is a free and confidential service. 

People can also seek the support they need through their General Practice team.

“We encourage people to be mindful of how the coverage might impact on people, especially children, and be prepared to limit their media consumption if it begins to feel overwhelming.

“There are simple ways people can care for themselves and others, such as chatting with a friend or going for a walk. Reaching out to others with aroha and kindness can really help.” says Dr Bell.

Other simple things people can do include:

  • Limiting exposure to social media.
  • Reflecting on what you feel grateful for.
  • Doing what makes you feel good to help refuel your body and brain.