15 November 2016

Lifeline Aotearoa experience high demand following North Canterbury Earthquake
Lifeline Aotearoa experienced a significant increase in demand following yesterday morning’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Between just after midnight when the earthquake struck through to 10am on Monday, Lifeline experienced a surge in calls.

“In the first ten hours after the earthquake we had a 30% increase in calls,” said Debbie Greenfield, Lifeline Spokeswoman.

“The hours following the first shake were extremely frightening for people, made worse by significant after shocks, tsunami warnings, power outages and communication black outs.

“For Cantabrians particularly, many found yesterday’s event very re-traumatising. It is critical that specialised and accessible support for adults and children in effected communities is readily available for the days, weeks and months ahead,” said Ms Greenfield.

Lifeline provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week counselling and support. Anyone needing support should call Lifeline on 0800 543 354.

To support Lifeline to keep being able to provide its services to New Zealanders please go to www.lifeline.org.nz