Coping after Earthquakes


Many children will experience symptoms of psychological distress after an earthquake and aftershocks.  This is part of a normal and healthy stress response to such a traumatic event.

Possible psychological reactions to an earthquake:  This was advice published after the initial earthquake relating to possible anxiety symptoms that children and adults experienced.  It gives suggestions for coping strategies.

Dealing with stress symptoms in children:  This is a list of symptoms that your child might experience, together with ideas about what you might do to help.

The following articles have been published by the Ministry of Education and contain information and helpful tips for teachers and parents supporting children after an earthquake.

Tips On Supporting Children

Tips On Supporting Toddlers

Supporting Children with ASD

Six ways to help children worried about earthquakes