The rollercoaster continues
In February 2016 All Right? released its latest survey on Cantabrians’ mental health as the region recovers from the earthquakes.
The research showed there has been some improvement in how people are feeling since the survey was first carried out in 2012:
- Fewer of us still worry about another big earthquake (42% in this survey compared with 54% in 2012).
- Fewer of us feel that life is worse now than before the quakes (28% in this survey compared with 38% in 2012).
- There is a lot of hope and optimism in the region with 79% of those surveyed saying they feel lucky, 91% happy and 73% excited about the future.
It is also clear that the earthquakes and recovery related-stressors are still affecting Cantabrians’ wellbeing, with 61% of those surveyed still grieving for what we’ve lost.
The research also showed that unsettled insurance claims are having a negative impact on how people feel:
- More than a third of those with an unsettled claim say their living situation is currently getting them down – nearly three times as many as those with settled claims (12%).
- Half of those with unsettled claims say their life is much worse than before the earthquakes, compared with 26% of those with settled claims.
The research was carried out by Opinions Market Research in November 2015. It consisted of a survey of a representative sample of 800 randomly selected individuals, aged 15 years or older living in Christchurch and the Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts, as well as eight focus groups.
Infographic of 2014 key findings:
2014 infographic showing differences between those who've had their claims settled and those who haven't: