In September 2008 areas of Northumberland were severely affected by flooding. Research suggests that following flooding communities show an increase in mental ill health such as anxiety and depression (Reacher, McKenzie, Lanes, Nichols, Kedge, Iversen, Hepple, Walter, Laxton & Simpson).
A pilot programme was instigated and evaluated to find the effectiveness of training flood recovery workers in MHFA. 17 flood recovery workers were surveyed before and after training and at a three month follow up, with ten semistructured interviews conducted for qualitative analysis. The study found:
Robson, J. & Bostock, J. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. 2008: Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid Training for Flood Recovery Workers