It is an unfortunate fact of life that emergencies and disasters do occur. For everyone that has been caught up in a major emergency, the future will be different; some people may find they need help facing that future.
Emergencies affect individuals, families and communities in a wide range of ways. The unpredictable and tragic consequences of emergencies can involve substantial psychological and social suffering which may, if not adequately addressed, lead to long term mental health and psychological problems.
In the aftermath of a major incident, many people may be affected. They may be survivors of the incident, relatives of the survivors, relatives of those who have died as a result of the incident or responders that may be affected simply by being involved in the response.
Some people may need trauma support in the immediate aftermath of such an incident but in a short time will recover significantly and readjust to some sort of normality. However, some people may require more intensive trauma support for some time after the incident and a few will continue to need support over many years.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Social Services offers support in the aftermath of a traumatic incident to those who have been affected by the event.
For emergencies during office hours, please telephone (01685) 724507 (Adults Social Services) and (01685) 724506 (Children’s Social Services)
For emergencies outside normal office hours, please telephone (01443) 849944.