We are shocked and distressed by the horrific terror attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those affected directly and indirectly by this senseless violence. No doubt the shockwaves will be felt across NZ but particularly in the Muslim community. They will also be felt across Australia.
The live streaming of the attack on social media means that many people, particularly young people who use the social media sites where the videos were widely shared, have been exposed to graphic images of the shooting. In many cases this will have been inadvertent and a source of considerable distress.
In the wake of this event, it is natural to follow the story in the media and talk about it to friends and family. But be aware that constant viewing of images or repeated checking of news and social media sites can add to distress for some people.
In particular, we urge you not to view or share the livestreamed videos of the event.
For children, it is important to be open with them, in a way that they can understand:
- provide reassurance
- let them know that they are safe
- acknowledge their feelings if they are scared or upset
- respond to their questions but limit excessive viewing of TV and social media coverage.
Most of us will be distressed by this event but these reactions will settle down within 2-3 days. If you continue to feel distressed, and it is interfering with your usual life and routines, see your GP.