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Some Cornish Flood Victims Left Battling Anxiety Or Depression

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8:01am 5th May 2013

Pirate FM has learnt that some Cornish families whose homes have been destroyed by flooding or fires are battling anxiety and depression.

Richfords Fire and Flood is launching a scheme to support victims dealing with mental health problems, after the recent flooding in the Duchy.

The Redruth company is teaming up combat veterans from Active Plus, an organisation run by injured servicemen, in what it says is the first scheme of its kind.

Technicians at Richfords will be trained to spot the warning signs of conditions like depression in flood and fire victims, and then signpost them towards other support services.

Mike Cooper, Business Development Director, said: "None of us build into our lives, if you like, ten per cent extra capacity to deal with a fire or a flood. So very quickly, it starts with stress and that's normal for anybody. But actually, as claims go on, early signs can sort of turn into more of a depressive state.

flooding"Photographs of holidays or baby photographs, the music collection that you've built up over the last twenty years, there is something in your home individually to you. The financial element of it might be able to be replaced, but that doesn't bring back the memories."

Active Plus Director Tim Cocks, said: "Because our trainers have lived through trauma and injury including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, they have powerful experience and coping strategies to help people understand about dealing with disaster and overcoming issues that seem insurmountable."

Dozens of homes and businesses, including in Newlyn, Helston to Looe were hit by flooding days before Christmas. Many more were badly damaged when a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours in November 2011.

8:01am 5th May 2013

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