Support links for those affected by the Christchurch Terrorist Attack

  • 31 March 2019

Last month, New Zealand received the awful news of a terrorist attack in Christchurch where 51 people tragically lost their lives. 

The NZSN team wish to express our aroha and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the Muslim communities and the people of Christchurch who have lost loved ones. We would also like to acknowledge our Muslim-faith school nurses, knowing this tragedy has impacted many.

To the school nurses in Christchurch and to those of you who have supported students affected by the tragedy, we thank you. Your aroha, care, and professionalism during these times represents the very best of nurses. We know that School Nurses are seen as a safe, support space for students, and stand with you as you counsel and support many young people through their grief, shock, and loss over the coming months. In the last few weeks, support mechanisms have been circulating across the country on social media and through various organisations. We have compiled a list to help you support those affected. You are welcome to share this with your networks and anyone who might benefit. 

Kia Kaha. 

x The NZSN team. 


Useful Links:

Emerging Minds

This Australian website has many useful resources for supporting children, parents and for health professionals in the primary care setting support children after a traumatic event. 

Red Cross

Best Practice Guidelines: Supporting communities before during and after collective traumatic events

NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Talking to Children about the shooting - advice on what to do and say. 

Centre for the study of traumatic stress

Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Issues to Consider When Engaging Muslim Youth in Psychiatric Care. Although this isn't written for the purpose of School Nursing/Primary care, it does have some helpful information on understand and working with Muslim Youth which you may find helpful. 

NZ MoH Mental Health Advice following a traumatic event

There are several links here, and translated into a number of languages which may be useful to some people. 


Need to Talk Service

The ‘Need to talk, 1737’ service is available nationally. By calling or texting 1737, anyone who needs help can arrange to speak directly with a trained counsellor.

If you have other resources not included above that you are willing to share, please email us at so we can add them to this post. 

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