With floods — as well as storms, heat waves and droughts — expected to increase in frequency thanks to climate change, the impact such trauma may have on the minds of those affected is something doctors, policymakers and governments are considering when planning services to help populations at-risk.
Large-scale disasters, including humanitarian crises and natural disaster, are a focus of mental health professionals when treating and studying trauma. Groups targeted by the World Health Organization for emergency psychological treatment typically include refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors, and populations exposed to terrorism, war, or genocide. Many individuals exposed to traumatic situations will go on to develop psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies of natural disasters such as mudslides, earthquakes, and hurricanes indicate that over half of those affected suffer from significant mental distress as a result. In recent years, renewed focus has been applied to third-world and resource-poor countries in which most humanitarian disasters occur.
Many questions remain about the motivations behind the attack and the mental states of both Harris and Klebold. Recently, though, Klebold’s mother Sue has stepped into the public light in an effort to help make sense of the attack.
Six years of violence and bloodshed have spawned a mental health crisis among Syria’s children whose impact will be felt for decades, international charity Save the Children said on Tuesday.
Looking beyond the physical, experts are also trying to sound the alarm about the quieter, more insidious effects of climate change: namely, that global warming is threatening the emotional health of humans worldwide.
For resettlement and medical professionals working with North Korean migrants like Lee, a major step in providing effective mental health interventions is convincing defectors that the issues they face are diagnosable and treatable.
Nova Scotians who make their living at sea say more robust and immediate mental health support is needed for communities when a fisherman is lost to the crashing waves of the North Atlantic. Read more…
Four years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, millions of dollars have been spent on mental health services ranging from in-school psychologists to horse therapy, records show.
Since it opened in 2006, the hospital has treated almost 4,400 patients free of charge, and remains the only hospital in the Middle East to perform advanced reconstructive surgery on victims of war.
A new article, published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, describes the ways art therapy and mindfulness have benefitted refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
Gov. Greg Abbott threatened to withdraw Texas from the United States’s federal refugee resettlement program. In September, his proposal became a reality.
Settlement workers on the front lines say that much more support is needed to deal with the 30,000 Syrian refugees who have entered Canada since last year.
Charities warn that the longer children are exposed to uncertainty, the more difficult it will be for them to adjust to normal life.
The 2015 Global Burden of Disease study found a positive association between conflict and depression and anxiety disorders.
Court documents show the man accused of causing the wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 might have suffered from mental illness.
The mental health effects of a natural disaster are felt for years after the event itself.
A Burlington mental health organization that was asked to screen Steven Bourgoin is commenting publicly on the incident for the first time.
Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. Researchers struggle to help the migrants cope with the trauma of displacement.
On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress
The United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental healthcare available to everyone who needs it – with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in psychological distress after a crisis.
Stanford researcher Laila Soudi recently traveled to refugee camps in Greece where, amid the squalid conditions, she began working on her mission to provide mental health aid to refugees.
Thousands of mental health patients—many of whom had been living relatively normal lives under medication—are drifting into despair and psychosis because the country has run out of psychiatric medicines.
The young Afghan was a new kind of casualty in Europe’s migration crisis. While thousands have died on the journey to Europe, Ansari made it, only to become caught up in an overloaded system.