Mental health impact of fire & flood


Reduth-based recovery firm Richfords Fire & Flood is teaming with a social enterprise to help gain a better understanding of the some of the human costs associated with disasters in the home and workplace.

The company has witnessed at first-hand how recent flooding across Britain has not only had an impact on property – but also on people’s mental health. Precious belongings have been damaged and, in many cases, victims have had to move out of their homes while they are dried out, causing considerable stress in the process.

As a result, Richfords is teaming up with Active Plus, a social enterprise which engages with people through providing transformational activities, knowledge and skills – all delivered by injured military veterans.

Active Plus director Tim Cocks said: “Because our trainers have lived through trauma and injury including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, they have powerful experience and coping strategies to help people understand about dealing with disaster and overcoming issues that seem insurmountable.”

Richfords MD, Steven Richfords, added: “Though what we do is provide practical remedies for people’s property – essentially we are recovering people’s lives. Therefore we are recognising the mental health impact this has and putting together a plan to lead the industry forward in looking at this closer.”