Psych support helps

Shayal Devi, Monday, March 14, 2016.

EMPOWER Pacific counsellors providing psychosocial support to those affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston say women, children, the elderly and farmers who have lost all crops are the most vulnerable clients.

CEO Patrick Morgam said apart from counselling, they provided food ration packs, women's hygiene and baby packs.

"As envisaged, the need for psychological first aid is tremendous," he said.

"Empower Pacific is striving to meet these needs and provide coverage to as many affected areas as possible. At the same time, the organisation is inundated with referrals for long-term psychosocial support."

Mr Morgam said they were deploying counsellors to meet this demand.

Some of the areas the organisation visited included Batiki, Nairai, Vanuabalavu and Nataleira in the Central Division.

Areas in Rakiraki have been a top priority for the NGO. Mr Morgam said some of the places they visited included Malake Island, Namuaimada, Navolau, Nakorokula Village, Cavucavu Settlement, Matawailevu, Ellington and Dugupatu Settlement.

In the North, counsellors visited villages in Cakaudrove, Bua and Nabouwalu.

"We appeal for financial support from major companies and organisations in Fiji," Mr Morgam said.