Looking after your mental wellbeing following a flood

Experiencing a flood can be very stressful and distressing. People react in different ways, but immediately after a flood, you may experience feelings such as anger, shock, or anxiety. Usually difficult feelings will go away by themselves, but if they don't, then it's important you ask for support. 

Try to be aware of how you're feeling in the weeks and months after the flood. Some people may have longer-term difficulties after a flood, such as sleep problems, depression or anxiety. For some, the trauma of a flood can mean they experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. These are all understandable reactions to an extremely stressful experience. 

Below are details of organisations and resources, which can help you look after your mental wellbeing following a flood. 

On this link the Psychological Wellbeing Service in North Cumbria, explains how experiencing a flood may affect your mental health. You can get psychological support locally, from Talking Matters Warrington. This service provides cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to help people cope with and overcome issues such as depression, anxiety, panic and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Urgent support: If you need help for your mental health, right now, click here.

Due to the need for social distancing, most of the organisations below won't currently be offering face to face support.

Mental health support and information

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - self-help booklets

IAPT - Talking Matters Warrington Localservice2


Warrington Wellbeing Local Service 87X20

Two other areas of the Happy? OK? Sad? site have information about simple things you can do to build your resilience. These are outlined below:

The COVID-19 and mental wellbeing page includes tips for coping with the restrictions and stresses that COVID has brought.

The general mental wellbeing section includes evidence-based resources to help you look after your mental wellbeing. To find this information, click here then scroll down to the heading “Looking after our mental wellbeing”.

For details of additional local and national mental health support services, click here, then scroll down to the dark heading “Information and support”. Similar information can be found on the older people’s page and on the page for children and young people.

Practical advice and information following a flood

On Warrington Borough Council's site you can find details about the practical things you need to do, if you've been flooded. The information includes:

  • what to do if your property has been affected by flooding
  • how to keep your property safe from flooding
  • staying COVID-secure
  • links to the Environment Agency Flood Information Services