The recent heavy rain has resulted in a lot of flooding around the country. Understandably, the flooding has caused a lot of stress. Many people have had to leave their homes or are in fear of the floodwaters reaching their homes. 

When people are impacted by floods they can feel disbelief, shock, stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and other emotions. We all react differently to flooding, but all of our reactions are perfectly normal. Those who have been affected by floodwaters more than once might even feel helpless or hopeless. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Those who have been exposed to dangerous situations might even have nightmares or flashbacks. This is to be expected in the days and weeks that follow. Some people might also be experiencing other difficulties before the floods. These difficulties can result in additional stress and anxiety when the floodwaters arrive.

Weeks and Months After the Floods

In the weeks and months after the floods, some will find that their low mood or anxiety will slowly disappear. Support from their community can help greatly. However, it’s important that you also keep a close eye on how you and those around you are feeling. 

Other people might find that their reactions to the floods might take longer to disappear, if at all. Anyone who has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression might find the floods have a long-term effect on their mental health. 

Getting Help 

Not everyone knows where to ask for help. However, if you live in Barlby, for example, you might want to contact local support groups as they might be able to offer you some support. Some social media sites have local support groups for people in your area. They can point you in the right direction so you get the support and reassurance you need.

This website https://www.gov.uk/help-during-flood is also full of very useful information. You are not alone, if the floods have made you feel bad, please ask for help. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk