Earthquake Tips


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

Below are some links to information that you may find of use in helping yourself and your child to cope.

Possible psychological reactions to an earthquake

This was advice published after the initial earthquake relating to possible anxiety symptoms that children and adults may experience.  It gives suggestions for for coping strategies.

Information Sheet for Parents
This is a clearly set out list of symptoms that your child might experience, together with ideas about what you might do to help.

Information Sheet

Tips on supporting children

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

Primary age children



Tips for supporting children who are on the Autistic Spectrum

Children with ASD

Six Ways to Help Children Worried about Earthquakes