Flood disaster in NRW and RLP: Assistance offered by the University and the University Hospital Bonn for patients
The flood disaster has had an existentially threatening impact on many people. Catastrophic experiences such as natural disasters can lead to stress reactions and in some cases to trauma reactions that require treatment.
In these cases, the outpatient clinics of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy and the Department of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gerontopsychiatry are available at any time with their existing treatment services, even for short-term appointments. (https://www.ukbonn.de/psychiatry-and-psychotherapy/hospital/out-patient-care/); (https://www.psychosomatik-bonn.de/ambulanz/unsere-ambulanz/); (https://www.ukbonn.de/gerontopsychiatrie/).
A sensible way of dealing with exceptionally stressful events from a psychological point of view is described here:
- Dealing with Stressful Events (Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance).(https://www.kritis.bund.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/BBK/DE/Publikationen/Broschueren_Flyer/Buergerinformationen_A4/Mit_belastenden_Ereignissen_umgehen_Buergerinfo.pdf?__blob=publicationFile)
- Floods: How to cope with such a trauma? (Spiegel Online 21.07.2021, fee required)(https://www.spiegel.de/psychologie/hochwasser-und-flut-wie-bewaeltigt-man-ein-solches-trauma-a-d7ddb237-681b-4554-ace8-02d9f7dce762) (with costs)
Furthermore, there is the network "Soforthilfe Psyche" (https://sofortaktiv.de/), which was founded by trauma therapists, and the "Kollegennetzwerk Psychotherapie" (https://kollegennetzwerk-psychotherapie.de/), which also offers short-term therapy places for acute treatment in psychotherapeutic practices.
Access to further outpatient psychotherapeutic treatment with established therapists can be found on the websites of the Chambers of Psychotherapists of North Rhine-Westphalia (https://www.ptk-nrw.de/aktuelles/hochwasserkatastrophe-in-nrw) and Rhineland-Palatinate (https://www.lpk-rlp.de/news/detail/kammermitglieder-zeigen-erneut-grosse-hilfsbereitschaft.html).