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Colombia 11/25/2014

Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).

Colombia 11/25/2014

Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).



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)

Please note that if you are reading this publication online, or if you have downloaded the publication (or an individual chapter) to a computer that is connected to the Internet, the reference links at the end of each chapter will be active. If you have downloaded and are reading a print version of any part of the document, you can still access the reference links by typing the link into your browser.

Section I: Introduction and Background Information

Section II: Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues

Section III: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Interventions

 

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