Emotional support better value for flood victims than receiving donations

Victims of the Queensland floods who received emotional support in the aftermath were less likely to have experienced depression, anxiety and stress than those who only received physical help.

“Physical support like cleaning up or the act of bringing around a gift or donation wasn’t as important to wellbeing as the emotional support people felt,” said Dr Jane Shakespeare-Finch, who carried out the research with her colleague Julie Gren. Residents told them they feeling that their was someone around who they could trust aided their recovery.

Read more at Queensland University of Technology