Our research has shown that commissioners and providers of services should prepare for a substantial mental health burden in communities affected by flooding, and that responders can help to reduce this burden by taking several pragmatic steps immediately after a flood.

This information is being used by local authorities to plan for flooding events and is informing the work of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Environment Agency. It has also had impact internationally, informing work in Australia and Canada.