HSE booklet to help flooding victims

THE Health Service Executive has launched a leaflet to help people cope with the emotional upset caused by the recent flooding.

Called Coping with Flooding, it has been produced by the HSE’s Psychology Service in Galway – one of the worst-affected areas during the floods.

It outlines a number of measures that people in affected areas can take to protect their mental health.

In particular, the leaflet stresses the importance of eating regular meals and provides advice on regaining normal sleep patterns.

There is also advice on helping children cope and accessing support services that may be able to help.

Acting HSE principal psychologist in Galway, Clare Gormley, said people who experienced flooding in their home or business could be very distressed.

“Common reactions following severe flooding can range from shock and disbelief to sadness and loss to anger,” she said.

Physical symptoms were also common and included aches and pains, tense muscles, headaches and upset stomach.

Children were particularly vulnerable, and simple things like talking to them about the situation and reassuring them about their safety and that of their family could help them cope.

Ms Gormley said people, who had shown tremendous community spirit after the floods must continue to look out for one another.

- The HSE have a counselling helpline, 1800 245 600, for flood victims in Galway. Counselling services are also available in other parts of the country and further details are available on www.hse.ie or from the HSE’s information line at 1850 24 1850.


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