Everyone will act differently to an event like a flood but some of the reactions you, your family or neighbours may experience are:
These reactions are completely normal considering the event you have recently experienced. We are all individuals and there is no right or wrong way to be coping or feeling. We all have different ways of responding in such situations.
Many people will experience anxiety or low mood. For most, especially those who have never experienced these problems before, these will gradually disappear over time and with support from family, friends and your local community.
If you feel your responses to the flood are difficult to manage, are not getting better or are starting to interfere with your daily life, help is available. Getting help can be the best thing for you. A first step could be to speak to your doctor. The services below focus specifically on psychological health and wellbeing. These services won’t be able to help with the physical effects of the flood.
If you are in immediate danger always call the emergency services on 999.
Mind provides support and counselling for mental health and trauma. Call 08088 020288 (Mon to Fri 4pm to 12am, weekends 10am to 12am)
Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney is an NHS service providing help for adults suffering depression or anxiety. Various drop-in clinics are available. Call 0300 123 1503 (Mon to Fri, 8am - 8pm)
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support for people who are distressed and experiencing suicidal feelings. Call 116 123 (24 hours a day)
National Flood Forum supports and represents flood risk communities. Call 01299 403 055 (Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm)
The Silver Line offers confidential helpline for older people offering information, advice and friendship. Call 0800 470 8090 (24 hours a day)