Noeline and Henry Mokosch, of Fernvale, are grateful for the help their Ozcare psychologist, Romeo Bianchin, has given in helping them deal with issues after January’s flood.
Noeline and Henry Mokosch, of Fernvale, are grateful for the help their Ozcare psychologist, Romeo Bianchin, has given in helping them deal with issues after January’s flood. Rob Williams

Flood scars remain

THE waters may have left and the spotlight may not be shining as brightly, but the scars from January's flood remain.

Fernvale residents Noeline and Henry Mokosch are two of many who have been working with Ozcare psychologist Romeo Bianchin to help them overcome the lasting effects of the flood.

The pair, who only moved back into their house in September, said they found themselves needing someone to talk to.

"They listen," Noeline said. "And that's what people need.

"It can all just get on top of you."

Mr Bianchin said he tried to help people get on top of some practical needs to help victims cope.

"There can just be so much going on that their glass is full," he said.

"It's important to try and help with some little practical things to just lessen the stress they're feeling."

Ozcare disaster recovery program co-ordinator Donna Hita said while depression was an issue, with another wet summer predicted there were concerns regarding anxiety in the community.

"People have been overwhelmed with the practical aspects of getting back on their feet and they've neglected their own emotional health," she said.

Mrs Mokosch said she and her husband were worried about another flood this summer.

"We were meant to go to Mackay to visit our grandkids but we're not going to anymore," she said. "It's just too much of a worry that it might flood again."



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