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Bolivia 1/28/2015

More than 2,000 families in the municipality of Azurduy, in Chuquisaca, have suffered losses in crop production, due to torrential rains and hailstorms during the month of January. (m.: ELPAIS).

Guatemala 1/27/2015

Low temperatures. The departments of Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala have sheltered nearly 2,500 people thus far in 2015 to protect them from the low temperatures. The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) has set up 14 shelters throughout the country. (m:.Publinews).

Bolivia 1/28/2015

More than 2,000 families in the municipality of Azurduy, in Chuquisaca, have suffered losses in crop production, due to torrential rains and hailstorms during the month of January. (m.: ELPAIS).



Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean

Many publications addressing mental health issues in disaster situations have been produced in the last decade. Nevertheless, the specific reality of the Caribbean, with its limited number of mental health professionals and its high vulnerability to natural hazards, requires material that specifically addresses these characteristics and reflects the latest developments and approaches. This new publication is directed to Caribbean health sector managers, community workers and other disaster and health professionals. It provides guidance on improving mental health and psychosocial support primarily in two phases of the disaster cycle: preparedness and response, and to a lesser extent, recovery.

It is expected that, as part of other activities, health authorities will encourage the use of this book to organize training for those who are involved in post-disaster assistance. While most mental health professionals are already knowledgeable about the topics discussed in this book, they may be less familiar with the reality of a post-disaster environment, in which their particular expertise will form part of the health sector response.

This publication is only available in PDF format, and can be downloaded in its entirety or by chapters. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the files. Download the software for free from the Adobe website.

Complete book (2 Mb)

Section I: Introduction and Background Information

Section II: Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues

Section III: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Interventions

New! PowerPoint Presentation for each chapter of the book (to be used for training purposes)

 

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