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Flood recovery information
Emergencies and disasters are extremely stressful, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. The mental health and wellbeing of the whole community, including young people, children, and even infants, can be affected.
The following information provides a starting point for you to help children and young people in your life navigate the mental health and wellbeing impacts of an emergency or traumatic event.
After traumatic events, children’s responses may vary widely and they may express many emotions, including upset, anger & may appear withdrawn and they may behave in challenging ways. They may become clingy and not want to be out of your sight. They might also have physical symptoms like headaches, stomach aches and young children may revert to past concerning behaviours such as bed wetting or issues with food, when they have not done so for some time.
Any changes in young peoples lives can bring about a change in behaviour; as parents and carers if we understand this, we can help support our children work through their feelings and worries.
Red Cross also has some useful booklets and guides on talking with your children about the emergency.
I am safe now
I was strong to survive that
I have people who can help me
I have done a lot of things well before - I’m sure I can again