Principles for responding to people's psychosocial and mental health needs after disasters

WILLIAMS Richard, BISSON Jonathan, KEMP Verity
Royal College of Psychiatrists
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Summarises key themes from research that should influence policy and strategy for all aspects of disasters and practice of psychosocial and mental healthcare for everyone who is involved before, during and after disasters and major incidents. It identifies key phases in planning and delivering services to support communities’ emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) before focusing on core principles that should underpin governments’ policies, strategy and service design, and operational practice. It continues with sections on governance, research and evaluation, communications and psychosocial resilience. It outlines a strategic model of care and covers translation of the principles and the strategic model into government and strategic policies. It also translates the principles and the model into the matters which practical services should focus on. Contains a checklist to help prepare responders and people who intervene. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
disasters, disaster services, mental health services, psychosocial intervention, planning;
Content type:
practice guidance
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Occasional Paper
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