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 the recent storm.
After traumatic events, children’s responses may vary widely and they may express many emotions, including upset, angry & withdrawn and they may behave in challenging ways.They might also have physical symptoms like headaches, stomach aches and young children may revert to past concerning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 children’s lives can bring about a change in behaviour; as parents & carers if we understand this, we can help support our children work through their feelings and worries.
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