Online resources are available to help Gladstone people deal with flood-related stress.
Online resources are available to help Gladstone people deal with flood-related stress. Chris Chan

Resources available to help families deal with flood stress

RESOURCES to help families recover from recent floods have been developed by Queensland Health and the Department of Education, Training and Employment. 

The resources have been designed to assist families, children and teenagers to cope, recover and build resilience in the wake of severe weather events, such as floods.

Queensland Health specialist child and adolescent psychiatrist Brett McDermott said stress caused by severe weather events could contribute to individuals within a family feeling unsafe and insecure.

"Children have their own ways of dealing with a crisis, and often their response is not what may be expected or may not show for some time," Professor McDermott said.

"We saw the need to create resources to help parents deal with their children's reactions, suggest ways to help them recover and identify when to seek further assistance.

"Let's not forget that it's also important for parents and caregivers to understand their own emotional needs and look after themselves."

According to Lifeline, everyone responds to a crisis differently, but typical reactions can include feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted or confused, feeling sad or tearful, shock or denial, anger, uncertainty about the future, and feelings of grief.

The resources are now available online at: