Relevant Links and resources: We are bringing together on this page a list of resources that can be of help to those seeking to support victims and survivors, rescue workers, and others deeply affected by the floods in different ways. The brief descriptions about the website will help you navigate these vast and important resources.
http://www.ndma.gov.in/en/capacity-building/psychosocial/information.html - The National Disaster Management Authority of India has a lot of information on preparedness at every level for natural disasters. This link leads you directly to psycho-social care during disaster situations.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1489840/?report=reader - This link provides information on primary, secondary and tertiary victims and how to support each of them through their respective healing processes. It is simple, well organized and provides critical information.
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/trauma/disaster-terrorism/stress-mv-t-dhtml.asp - An online resource for PTSD used with veterans and it is applicable to natural disasters and trauma. There is a pdf handout there that might be of use.
https://recovers.org/-This is website that helps communities in the States pool resources and help one another when hit by a natural disaster and perhaps it could be utilized as a model for something similar in India as well. Many parts of our country are prone to disasters and it is critical that we take citizens action also in collating important solutions for disaster preparedness.
http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/trauma-disaster - "The ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, and Research was developed to create, archive, disseminate and promote exemplary counseling practice information and resources for professional counselors, counselor educators, supervisors, students, legislators, the media and other consumers of applied counseling knowledge and to advocate for optimum counselor work and training conditions. The vision of the ACA Center is to be seen as both the premier place to obtain information and resources that focus on cutting edge practices and to be viewed as the focus of the counseling profession’s advocacy efforts for high quality workforce conditions."
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201108/how-manage-traumatic-reactions-disasters - This article discusses
how to manage traumatic reaction to disasters and the fact that when disaster strikes, people need psychological first aid as well. Further in the context of 9/11, it also discusses people with resilience and the traits that work for them providing us with tools that can help us cope better with the situation.
http://www.trauma-pages.com/trauma.php#SYMP - This site provides detailed information about Post traumatic stress syndrome. Additionally there are hand outs of victims and rescue workers as well as rescue-workers families.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-stress-of-disaster-brings-people-together/ - This article discusses how stress brings us together as human beings to experience a shared sense of humanity.
"Acute stress may help remind us of a fundamental truth: our common humanity. Understanding our shared vulnerability — life makes no promises — may be frightening, but it can inspire kindness, connection, and desire to stand together and support each other. Acute stress, as unpleasant as it may be, may also be an opportunity to experience the most beautiful aspects of life: social connection and love."
http://www.survivalinstincts.org/index.html - If you are feeling helpless, here is something to think about as part of your training for the future. How do you prepare and build skills for action during disaster?
Some basic things that help prevent reactions from becoming issues and developing into a disorder include seeking professional or friendly help, being with people who are coping better, a brief talk therapy focused on most lingering issues, verifying facts from dramatic versions of occurrences…
"So people are in a state of shock. No one can stop a natural calamity, but we can create a positive sense among the affected people that there will be some swift precautionary measure in case if it happens again. This will provide a sense of relief to them. Proper counselling is needed in such cases,"
People were less concerned about ailments. They were worried about their livelihood which has been endangered due to the floods." They will need to be counselled on how to get back on their feet without worrying too much about the loss, said doctors.