Disasters & Mental Health
June 13, 2018
DKI Canada is a disaster restoration company, and as such, we spend a lot of time communicating with people involved in losses – flooded basements, fire damaged homes, mould-infested rooms, and more. Our priority is ensuring people are taken care of in terms of restoring their home or business to proper, working condition while minimizing losses and damage caused by fire, flood, wind, snow, or mould. Here on the DKI Canada Blog, we hope to give homeowners and those in the industry alike a look into environmentally-friendly tips and tech and ideas for keeping your home in mint condition on the day-to-day – but also even more precious and valuable information concerning hard topics; like mental health.
If you’ve experienced a disaster in your own home, you know how difficult it can be to navigate repairs and restoration while also maintaining the balance of daily life – work, school, parenting, or other obligations and responsibilities. Research from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation showed that people experiencing flooding took 7 days off of work due to flooding, more than 10 times the average in Ontario for people not experiencing flooding. In addition, the lasting impact of flood-damage to mental health showed that when it rained, people who had experienced flooding before were much more worried than those who hadn’t, and in general seemed to experience much higher levels of worry and stress than those who had never been affected by a flood.
This is not isolated to floods. People who experience any type of disaster run the risk of experiencing depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more; all of these mental health needs must be met, in addition to the physical repairs and labour involved with restoring and replacing disaster-affected homes and businesses.
Here are just a few tips for coping with disasters of any kind, on any scale:
- Take one thing at a time. It can be very overwhelming to know where to start, who to call, and what to do next. Make a list, and in order of urgency, complete one task at a time, crossing every completed item off of the list so you can visually see your progress.
- Talk about it. Sometimes this may mean you need professional assistance from a therapist or grief counsellor. Sometimes this just means talking to your family – by phone or in person – and friends around you. Allow yourself, your partner, and your children to share their feelings openly, and to grieve openly. When your home or business is damaged, it can really shake up your feelings of safety and belonging.
- Limit exposure to news media regarding the disaster. Reliving your experience and the experience of those around you over and over again will not help your anxiety and will only increase your stress levels. You do not need a constant reminder.
- Have fun. This one will likely sound hard to do, but make it something simple you enjoy. Taking the kids to the cottage, reading a book, exercising, watching a movie, going for a walk – these can all be calming, enjoyable activities, which is exactly what you need in the midst of chaos.
If you or your family ever experience a disaster in your home or business, DKI Canada is there for you. We understand the stress disasters can place on individuals and families, and we are there for you every step of the way.
Please give us a call anytime to help you with your restoration needs at 1-855-DKI-2DAY.