Salvos launch post disaster recovery DVD

The Salvation Army has released a DVD and website to support communities affected by last year’s natural disasters. The DVD is called "Still Standing" and tells the story of Barry Medwin who lost his wife and daughter in the Ash Wednesday Bushfires, Marianne Cody who lost her home and business in Cyclone Larry and Trisha Silvers who lost her husband during their honeymoon in the Boxing Day Tsunami. The DVD also provides advice from psychologist and trauma expert Dr Rob Gordon.

According to Major Moulds of the Salvos, the key message of the resource is that people should not be afraid to ask for help. The impact of disaster can last for years, and "in many cases some of the rebuilding has gone on, some of that is still going on, but the emotional impact has been quite significant." He claims that the DVD and website are “an attempt to give people a resource, which will help them come to terms with that emotional impact".

Stuart Diver, a survivor of the Thredbo landslide, says it is important to ask for help and seek professional support, because everyone hits an emotional wall.

Free copies of "Still Standing" are available from the Salvation Army by calling or 137258 or you can visit the website at http://www.stillstanding.org.au/. You can also follow the Salvation Army on twitter @salvos or like  the Salvation Army Australia on Facebook.

ABC Rural, 5 December 2011

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