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Support the mental health and wellbeing of those recovering from the impacts of disasters and emergencies.

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Health professionals play a critical role in supporting individuals and communities to recover after natural disasters and other emergencies. Disasters can affect everyone in the community and mental health needs often emerge in the months following a disaster.

Tips to support recovery after disasters and emergencies

  • review and identify lessons
  • communicate with patients about return to normal business hours and services
  • connect with and refer to local social and community support agencies
  • identify and reach out to patients with increased vulnerability factors
  • identify community population health needs post disaster and develop campaigns to address emerging needs e.g. focus on mental health assessments.