Earthquake Support and Counselling

Posted 12 Jun 2011 by Swiggs Popular
Posted in Health/Wellbeing

Couple the season of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) with the post-earthquake blues and it’s no surprise that many of us here in Christchurch are feeling low and that, as the days get shorter, our tempers do too!

The library has many resources which can help:

  • Books on depression and how to treat itCover
  • A  smorgasbord of resources on self-help techniques, including a number of freely-downloadableOverDrive audiobooks and e-books
  • A list of links in our Internet Gateway to reputable information about depression and to agencies which can assist
  • Contact details in CINCH of local support groups andcounselling services, as well as of clubs, community organisations and continuing education providers - as John Kirwan reminds us on the TV ads, the company of others is great to help us find a way through

Earthquake counselling

Don’t forget also that free counselling continues to be available for those affected by the earthquakes. The key number to call is 0800-777 846. More contacts are available from the Webhealth CanterburyCERA and Ministry of Social Development websites.

LogoFor the month of June, Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga, in conjunction with Language Line, is also offering free earthquake counselling for people who speak English as a second language. Face to face counselling is available with the assistance of interpreters over the phone.

Language Line provides interpreting in 41 languages, so pass the message on and encourage any of your friends, neighbours and colleagues who may be new to New Zealand and feeling somewhat isolated, to take advantage of this opportunity and engage in some pag-uusap, conversación or good old-fashioned talking. 



Free Counselling

Counselling Helpline  0800 777 846

Harakeke Cantre 356 0000 All welcome - specialises in children and families.

Canterbury Charity Hospital - All welcome - specalises in youth 360 2266

Victim Support 0800 842 846 
24/7. Telephone contact. People may need to leave their details and a volunteer will ring them back.

Samaritans 0800 726 666 
24/7. National telephone listening and support service staffed by volunteers.

Relationship Services 0800 735 283
Offering a free Government funded crisis counselling service for anyone affected by the Christchurch earthquake:
1 - 24/7 telephone support for Christchurch residents and others outside Christchurch
2 - face-to-face counselling for those outside of Christchurch. 
To find the nearest RSW office call 0800 RELATE (0800 735 283) or

Lifeline 0800 543 354 
24/7. Trained telephone counsellors.

Whanau Trauma Line 0800 222 042
8:00am - 8:00pm. Te Puna Oranga is offering this free service for anyone who would like to korero or you just need someone to listen. If you are feeling stressed after the earthquake, family relationships building up, not feeling safe, physical, emotional, sexual abuse past trauma still affecting you and your whanau for safe confidential korero we are here to listen to you.

Iwi Maori and Pacific Island Residents 0800 524 8248 (Te Runanga O Ngaitahu) 0800 875 839  or 027 600 9412 (Te Puni Kokiri)

Ethnic Support Migrants and Refugees on the government helpline 0800 779 997 or at Settlement Support New Zealand 0800 776 948.

The Canterbury Chinese Support Group is offering help and advice for Chinese people affected by the earthquake. Its headquarters is at the Rewi Alley Centre in Riccarton, Christchurch.

FREE Earthquake Trauma Counselling at  

The Harakeke Centre 
172 Papanui Rd, St Albans, Christchurch 
Ph: 03 356 0000 
(Call to arrange an appointment
For children, teenagers, families,  
couples and individuals 

Also visit


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