Tag Archives: psychosocial support

Webinar: 6 May 12pm NZT

I’m doing a webinar next Wednesday 6th May at 12pm NZT. I’ll outline the main points from the Framework for Psychosocial Support published by the Ministry of Health in 2016, and how this translates to a new New Zealand Government Psychosocial Response Framework for COVID-19 – drawing upon what I’ve learned from the past 14 years working in Disaster Mental Health and Emergency Management and my experiences as a psychologist and policy maker.

Potential psychosocial impacts of recent flooding in New Zealand

The south of New Zealand is experiencing exceptional flooding events – in Fiordland and towns in Southland too – this is still ongoing, with much uncertainty for residents about what this will mean for them now, and in the future.

How to support after the Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption

In this short article, I want to go over some of the principles of what helps in supporting people through emergency events and disaster, and what we need to bear in mind when dealing with the special case of first responders, and those in the emergency and welfare services who are tasked to serve and protect in times of crisis and distress.