THE Pacific Counselling and Social Services (PCSS) is working closely with the office of the Commissioner Western to assist flood victims.
PCSS deputy CEO Rhianon Vichta said there was more to rebuild than just people's homes.
She said PCSS had been working to support people affected by the recent tragic events ù providing counselling and social work to meet their immediate needs.
"In times of crisis, it is normal that people focus first on their immediate survival needs for shelter, food, clothing and other basics," she said.
"It is often later, when life starts to return to some kind of normalcy, that many of the psychological effects can begin to show.
"It is very normal that people who have experienced a natural disaster feel like they have lost a sense of control and safety in their lives.
"Everyone will respond to their experiences in their own unique way but common reactions include nightmares, anger, depression and feeling hopeless, feeling very anxious about the safety of loved ones, grief for things lost, worry about the future, mood swings, sudden crying and general stress."
She said PCSS was willing to assist all affected residents by reaching out to others.
Ms Vichta stressed the importance of controlling anger and stress.
"There are other things that don't help, and they include using alcohol or drugs to cope, withdrawing from loved ones, acting out in anger or violence towards others, blaming others and focusing on losses rather than on recovering."