Demand for counselling grows in quake-hit region

10:48 pm on 14 September 2010

Trauma counsellors in earthquake-hit Canterbury say demand for their services is increasing as people try to cope with fatigue and the extent of their losses becomes clearer.

The Salvation Army says demand for its counsellors is increasing because people are tired and realising the extent of the recovery ahead of them.

The Government took steps to bolster the counselling available in Canterbury, flying in additional practitioners last week.

Police are urging residents to get help if they are stressed.

Save the Children says it has seen about 350 people since Friday at workshops for parents and teachers wanting to manage trauma in children.