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Special care of Mental Health vital for those affected by Tropical Cyclone

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/02/2018

In recovery following a devastating disaster, it is vital to care for the mental health of those who were worst affected to avoid problems arising from stress or depression which are common following any major disaster.

Katie Moulton, currently visiting the kingdom from the New South Wales State Emergency Service in Australia, says the cyclone can affect many aspects of the victims’ lives, causing some damage that may not be visible to others as people try to cope with the problems in the wake of the disaster.

Moulton says tackling each problem one at a time can help ease the recovery process and also decreases the emotional strain on the road to recovery.

The Catholic Church’s Aid Agency – Caritas are giving aid in the form of counseling for those affected, especially the students. Finance officer of Caritas – Malia Suliana Falemaka says one of the church’s counselors Father Seluini Akauola is visiting schools around the country counseling to the students to help them recover from the devastation of Cyclone Gita.

Falemaka says the mental health of victims is important to them as most of the aid given to the people now is mainly shelter and food item, therefore Caritas is lending a helping hand in this area.

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