Disaster risk management for health: mental health and psychosocial support

Disaster Risk Management for Health Fact Sheets:

This fact sheet about mental health and psychosocial support in disaster risk reduction for health is divided into four sections: i) Key points ii) Why is this important? iii) What are the health risks? iv) Risk management considerations.

Mental health and psychosocial support key points:
-Mental health and psychosocial well being benefits from a sense of normalcy, facilitation of community mobilisation and self-help;
-Many factors that adversely affect psychological health are related to the way assistance e.g. food security, shelter, water and sanitation, is provided;
-Vulnerable groups, such as socially isolated and marginalized people and people living in institutions, require specific risk reduction, emergency response and recovery measures;
-Measures to address risks to mental health ad psychosocial wellbeing include many facets;
-Different paradigms of mental health and illness exist across the world.

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2015 The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2015.
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