Wellbeing information and support
If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available.
Your wellbeing is important and coming to court in person or viewing the sentencing may trigger memories and emotions that are distressing.
If you or someone you know is struggling, the information and resources below provide help, support and practical ideas for you to think about before and during sentencing.
This information may be helpful for you even if you feel you were not as directly affected as other people.
If you need emotional support, let your Court Victim Advisor or Victim Support person know. They can help connect you to the supports that are right for you.
Wellbeing for yourself
Here are some helpful resources to use when thinking about your own personal wellbeing:
- Canterbury Resilience Hub(external link) is a place that offers support following the Christchurch attacks.
- Allright.org.nz(external link) is a Christchurch based mental health and wellbeing campaign.
- Mental Health Foundation(external link) has a number of useful guides for helping you through difficult times, from dealing with grief and loss(external link) to tips for looking after yourself and your family(external link).
- The Lowdown(external link) is for young people, no matter what’s going on you’ll find ideas and people who can help you get unstuck.
- Depression.org.nz(external link) when you face challenges to your wellbeing, this website helps you find a way through with tools, videos, information, and advice.
- Read some practical ideas for looking after yourself and your family in this Factsheet [PDF, 438 KB], developed in collaboration with Canterbury District Health Board.
Remember, please let your Court Victim Advisor, Victim Support worker or Police Family Liaison Officer know if you need emotional support. They can refer you for more help.
You can also make an appointment with your GP. They can provide support or refer you to local community services.
Wellbeing for your family
The attacks have had a devastating effect on families. Support is available for anyone that may need a little help.
Below are a list of helpful tips and resources that can help you to provide your family with the support they need.
Wellbeing for children
The confusing and frightening emotions many people have felt following the attacks may be even more pronounced in children.
Find out what you can do to support children and young people to cope with a major event.(external link)
Wellbeing in isolation
If you are in managed isolation as part of your entry into New Zealand for the sentencing, or do not have many support people or family nearby and are spending time alone, here are things you can do to help look after your wellbeing:
- Plan a routine for your time and try to follow it as much as possible. If you can, try to wake up and go to bed at regular times each day.
- Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles.
- Try to stay active where possible. The exercise and fresh air from even short walk can make a big difference to your wellbeing.
- Connect with other people, whether it is family, friends or even the support services listed on this site. Feeling connected to others can help us feel safer and less anxious.
The Ministry of Health offers guidance on wellbeing in self-isolation(external link), which has useful advice for anyone spending time alone or isolated.
Wellbeing with the media
Under New Zealand law the media are the public’s eyes and ears so New Zealanders can see the law being applied fairly and impartially. Open justice is an important part of New Zealand’s justice system. All court proceedings are open to the media (except if there is a risk to New Zealand’s security or defence).
The attacks and the court have attracted media attention from around the world. You may be approached by the media when coming to the sentencing.
Our Dealing with the media page offers tips and information for victims.
We also have information around coping with media attention after a homicide(external link), which may help you know what to expect from the media for the Christchurch attacks.
If you have any concerns around the media, please speak to your Court Victim Advisor, Victim Support worker or Police Family Liaison Officer.
It’s important to think about the media in terms of your wellbeing too, and the wellbeing of your family. You might need to consider taking a break from social media for a while, or think about younger family members being around when you watch the news.
Need someone to talk to?
Whether you feel directly affected by the Christchurch attacks, or are part of the wider community, support is available if you would like someone to talk to.
- Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counselor.
- Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)