Charities are there to help ease mental anguish caused by floods

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The mental impact that the recent Ribble Valley floods have had on residents should not be underestimated.

Charities such as the Samaritans, that offer help and support, were gearing up to be inundated with calls from people who may have lost their homes and livelihood.

Councillor Ged Mirfin, who represents Whalley, which was one of the worst hit, said: “Some people are simply not as resilient as others and for something so major to happen like losing their home and possessions is just too much for them to take.

“It can have a catastrophoc effect on their mental health and I have witnessed this first hand with one man in Whalley who simply broke down. It was heartbreaking to witness this.’’

Coun. Mirfin said he wanted to get the message out to people to get in touch with the Samaritans if they need someone to talk to or just a listening ear or moral support.

He said: “That is what they are there for so if you feel the need to contact them or you know someone who could use their services please get in touch.’’

The freephone number for the Samaritans is 116 123.