Taking care of your mental health while recovering from flood

Floods can be devastating, and these types of weather events can have a big impact on individuals and communities, but there are things you can do to take care of yourself and your mental health.

It’s important to:

  • Focus on the things you can control
  • Talk openly with family and friends
  • Accept help when it’s offered
  • Seek factual information from reputable sources

As much as possible, try to maintain a routine with good diet, exercise and quality sleep and rest.

While it’s expected to experience all sorts of emotions, feel fearful or overwhelmed during such difficult times, consider seeing your GP or a mental health professional if you’re experiencing:

  • Extreme feelings of distress
  • Distress that is interfering with your ability to carry out day-to-day activities
  • Withdrawal from relationships or avoiding activities you usually enjoy
  • Feelings of overwhelming fear or excessive guilt
  • Using alcohol or other substances to cope
  • A loss of interest in the future
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Your local RAMHP Coordinator can help to provide information and support locally, as well as offering a variety of training options. We have also put together a range of downloadable resources below that may be helpful at this time. Or, you can jump straight to our full suite of resources.

Need help now? There is a list of services available for urgent support.

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