This material has been written mainly by health professionals in the Caribbean who, year after year, provide support to people affected by disasters in their own country or in neighboring countries. It is addressed to health sector administrators, social workers, and other professionals in the disaster and health fields, and provides a basic guide to mental health and psychosocial support, mainly in the phases of disaster preparedness and response.

This is a joint publication of the PAHO/WHO Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Department and the Mental Health Department. This publication can be downloaded (in English only) at the PAHO/WHO website: