Talking is the best flood cure
THE water has receded and life in Bundaberg is slowly returning to normal, but for some flood victims the battle is only just beginning.
The devastation of losing all their possessions or watching their business destroyed by rising water is going to linger longer than the mud and stench.
The Wide Bay Integrated Mental Health Service is asking friends and family members to keep an eye out for those who have been affected by the floods.
“If they are worried about someone they need to get that person to start talking about what they are feeling,” acting nursing director Sheila Kenny said.
“Obviously we can expect that there will be some level of distress and most people will experience some negative emotion.”
Ms Kenny said there were some signs that people needed to look for.
“People need to identify that it is time to ask for help if they are feeling hopeless, despairing or miserable and feel that it is too hard in general to go on,” she said.
Ms Kenny said while flood victims were cleaning up their homes or businesses, it was important for them to manage their own stress.
“Going for a walk is a great way to relax and get the body working or just slowing down and taking some deep breaths,” she said.
Ms Kenny said people should not be afraid of asking for help for a friend.
“Places like Beyond Blue have a lot of resources and will be able to provide specific advice to help,” she said.
“But the most important thing is just be a friend to the person and if you can; try to get them to talk.”
The Wide Bay Integrated Mental Health Service has been speaking to flood victims at the recovery centre since itwas set up earlier this year.
“We will be there until it closes and after that people are more than welcome to come and see us for help,” she said.