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.
Please note, these reactions are common however your child will have their own personal reactions or responses to trauma and stress
These reactions can vary in intensity and how long they go on for. It is important to keep an eye on how you and your child are doing over time. It is also important to remember to look after yourself. You and the other adults around them are the key to your child’s wellbeing. Speak to your GP or seek help if any of the above symptoms are interfering with your or your child’s ability to live your day-to-day lives or if they seem to get worse instead of better over time.