Monday, February 22, 2010

High Burden of Mental Illness After Hurricane Katrina

"1/3 experienced symptoms of PTSD and depression since hurricanes Katrina/Rita."

"Primary care clinics, social service agencies and neighborhood associations may be the most accessible and acceptable to persons with mental health needs (especially if there are only 19 psychiatrists in the area)."

"Mental health services capacity in Haiti was nearly non-existent prior to the earthquake."

"Trauma experienced by community providers and aid workers themselves is a major problem."

"Does building community efficacy make a difference for future threats? That is, are communities more resilient with subsequent threats?"

--Dr. Benjamin Springgate

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