National Disaster Management Authority Government of India

KIDS PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DURING DISASTER

Disaster affects everyone, whether you are in the place of disaster or witnessing it. Kids are more vulnerable to disasters as they have less control over their environment. Routine life of children gets disturbed in disaster. They undergo different type of difficulties but differ in their reactions like fear, shock, worry and crying. These reactions are normal to a difficult situation like disaster and children need some support to overcome the same. Following are some dos and don’ts for children as under:

Do's

Have your meal in time. Have plenty of water.

Follow your sleep pattern and take adequate rest.

Spend time together with your family, relatives and friends.

Share your feelings, fears and concerns with your parents, teachers/ elders.

Talking or hanging out with others can help you feel better.

Help your family in household work.

Resume playing sports or exercise daily.

Spend time in recreational activities like listening to music, drawing, reading etc.

Restart going to school as soon as possible.

Resume prayers, visiting places of worship near your home.

Take care of your pets and feel the goodness of caring.

Don’ts

Do not skip your food.

Do not awake till late night.

Do not stay aloof.

Limit watching TV and Images of disaster.

Do not take alcohol, tobacco products like Cigarettes & Gutka.

Do not drop out of school.

Do not go away from your family.

Do not believe in rumours.

Do not make fun of others or friends over their reactions.

Who all can help you

Family

Relatives

Teachers

Close friends and their family members

Classmates or others of your age who have had similar experience like yours

Doctors & government officers

Government helpline, web sites, bulletin boards