Timely reminder for flood victims
AS THE first anniversary of the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi approaches, The Salvation Army will launch and distribute more than 30,000 free DVDs to remind those affected that they have not been forgotten.
The Salvation Army says the 'endurance phase' after a disaster is a crucial part of the psychological recovery process.
It is releasing a specially compiled DVD, Still Standing, and launching a new website, stillstanding.org.au, as tools to assist those impacted by the floods and cyclone.
It will distribute the DVDs in the next few weeks.
Anyone can get a free copy by going to stillstanding.org.au or calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
One of the crucial messages the Salvos are seeking to reinforce is that people should not be afraid to ask for help, especially during the vital endurance phase of recovery after a disaster.
Still Standing features trauma psychologist Rob Gordon offering advice for adults and children on coping with post-disaster trauma.
The DVD also tells the stories of three Australians who have survived devastating natural disasters - including bushfires, tsunami and cyclone - who offer hope by sharing how they have endured and are still standing.
The Salvation Army's Major Paul Moulds said, "The Queensland disasters earlier this year devastated many communities.
"We are now nearly a year down the track. What can happen after a tragedy on this scale is that some people feel they have been forgotten," he said.
"Thousands of people are still on a long journey of rebuilding homes, but for many there is another equally challenging task of rebuilding confidence and feelings of security."