Psychological first-aid important to Malaysia flood victims too

Posted on January 6, 2015

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The devastating floods in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia have not only cause destruction to property, but also emotional stress and trauma to the victims, as well as health staff and volunteers involved in the relief efforts.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Health Ministry through the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) had despatched mental health and psychological response teams to provide psychosocial support services to all those involved.

“As of January 1, 779 individuals (660 flood victims, 119 health staff) had received psychosocial support, and 269 personal counselling sessions and 333 group counselling sessions had taken place,” he said in a statement, here, today.

Dr Noor Hisham said most of the victims were reported to be suffering from shock, emotional stress from losing and having their belongings destroyed, fear of an uncertain future, sadness, frustration, self-blame and feelings of isolation.

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Category(s):Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

Source material from Free Malaysia Today