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Managing stress during a flood

Emergencies, like floods, can cause mental and emotional strain. They can disrupt your regular routines and there may be the potential of losing your home, property or income.

For more information CALL 1-800-216-7689 (Sun Country Health Region, Mental Health and Addictions) or 1-877- 800-0002 TTY (hearing impaired) or 1-888-425-4444 (Saskatchewan Healthline) www.healthlineonline.ca ) or the Weyburn Mental Health Clinic (306) 842-8665, Estevan Mental Health Clinic (306) 637-3610.

People naturally have many different feelings and responses when they have to cope with this kind of stress, including:

  • panic, anxiety, fear
  • anger, disbelief
  • generosity towards others
  • helplessness, despair
  • co-operation, teamwork
  • sleeplessness
  • lack of concentration
  • exhaustion
  • loneliness
  • inspiration
  • strength in connecting with others/community
  • frustration

You and your family

  • Families are better able to cope with the effects of flooding if they talk about what has happened and what actions are being taken.
  • Be clear about priorities. The health and safety of your family, friends and neighbors comes first.
  • If your home is at risk of further flooding, make an emergency plan that includes moving valuables to the highest floor of the house to protect them from flood damage. Discuss what will be taken if you need to evacuate and be realistic about it. Most people take items that can't be replaced, like photos, favourite toys, smaller family heirlooms and family treasures.
  • Ensure everyone has a several-day supply of medications to take with you if you need to evacuate.
  • Remind each other that strong feelings are normal under the circumstances.
  • Acknowledge that you're all feeling stress and talk about how it may affect your relationships.
  • Let each other know everyone's doing a good job in a difficult situation. Continue to laugh and enjoy each other's company.
  • Try to set up a routine with as many familiar activities as possible.
  • Plan to do some basic school work with children for part of the day, if they are missing school.
  • Understand and reassure yourself and family members that the disruption is only temporary.
  • Talk to others who are having the same experience. 

After the Flood

 Recovery from the trauma of a flood can -take weeks or even months.

  • It's important to allow yourself, family and others to talk about the flood and their feelings for as long as is needed.
  • Remember to take regular breaks during clean-up work; talk with your family, go out for a meal or entertainment or visit friends.

Check in with yourself regularly

Self awareness is important and you can monitor your moods and attitudes at different times of the day. Make a point to stop to check in with yourself, often, and make sure you are doing things that support a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Stay informed

Keep on top of current news but don’t spend the whole day tuned into media broadcasts. Try and keep as close to your normal daily routines as possible and only check the news occasionally, unless there’s an imminent threat to your home. 

Ask for Help

Health and well-being must be supported by a network of people who can share your experiences with you. Don’t try and manage by yourself. Talk to family and friends and use the resources in your community:

  • Health care providers
  • Spiritual care providers and advisors
  • Professional counselors

Use outside support and resources if you need them

If you, your family, friends or neighbours are having a particularly hard time dealing with stress you can get help from trained professionals.

For more information CALL 1-800-216-7689 (Sun Country Health Region, Mental Health and Addictions) or 1-877- 800-0002 TTY (hearing impaired) or 1-888-425-4444 (Saskatchewan Healthline) www.healthlineonline.ca ) or the Weyburn Mental Health Clinic (306) 842-8665, Estevan Mental Health Clinic (306) 637-3610.

Help is also available at the Psychological First Aid Desk at the Recovery Centre at Crescent Point Place in Weyburn and the Reception Centre at the Souris Valley Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Estevan (until June 24 when it will move to the Civic Auditorium).

Posted June 23  

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