Northland has been dealt a severe blow from adverse weather over the last couple of weeks and we know some of you wish to help those who've suffered losses, even from afar.
As we know from past events, it isn’t just now that assistance will be needed and appreciated. It is later once the clean-up is finished that the effect of the stress may show itself. It’s well documented that such adverse events lead to a spike in family violence, while some people may suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder later.
Northland is an area with a large number of lower socio-economic communities that are less well-resourced financially to cope when disaster strikes.
We aim to assist people under stress in the region now, and to help reduce the impacts further down the track, by:
• sharing information about support available, including the “It’s OK to Ask for Help” campaign
• promoting and supporting Mental Health 101 courses (or similar) being specifically organised for the region
• working with other agencies to find out where help is needed
• organising community get-togethers, morning teas, bbqs etc to de-stress and share information
• raising funds to distribute to those with specific needs
Northland appeal: If you’d like to donate to our Rural Women NZ Northland Appeal, please deposit funds into Bank Account 06 0493 0317603 00 (Kaurilands RWNZ) or post cheques to Rural Women NZ, PO Box 12-021, Thorndon, Wellington (donations are tax deductible).
Our Regional Management Team will work with local agencies and support groups in the area to identify where the funds are needed most.
If any members are in need of help, or you know of somebody in need of support, please get in touch with our Top of the North regional councillor, Fiona Gower