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Building Community Resilience: Learning from the Canterbury Earthquake Response

18 months
Approved budget:
Ms Louise Thornley
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Health Implications of the Canterbury Earthquake Project
Lay summary
The Canterbury earthquakes have had many effects on health, including mental health and wellbeing. Good mental health helps communities in recovery after disasters like earthquakes. Research shows the wellbeing of individuals is helped by socially supportive communities, and that local community involvement with disaster-recovery efforts can speed up the process of recovery. The research aims to learn what factors helped community resilience in Christchurch communities, including Maori communities, identify how these factors might be fostered to better prepare communities for future disasters, and to provide advice to public health and social services and policymakers on how to build community resilience. The research will use case studies involving community workshops and interviews to seek information from various neighbourhoods and community initiatives. This research will provide information on how health and other services can work with communities after a disaster, and how they can work to prepare for future disasters.