Mental health and psychosocial relief efforts after the tsunami in South-East Asia
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AbstractThe mental health and psychosocial needs of the affected population emerged as a major concern after the tsunami. Each and every person in the disasterstruck areas was to some extent, psychologically affected. Providing ychosocial support to communities affected by the tsunami was a key component of WHO's strategy. Such support was crucial, but to be effective, the support had to be appropriate and culturally sensitive. To back up the ommunity-level action, affected countries enhanced their mental health services. One of the important recommendations of WHO is to have a strong community mental health system which would serve the immediate as well as the long-term needs of the community, provided it is sustainable and can become a part of the routine health care delivery system. This publication, compiling the experiences of the five most-affected countries in the South-East Asia Region, provides valuable insights on how best to meet the mental health and psychosocial needs of disasteraffected communities. There are many lessons which have been learnt, and which should help us to be better prepared for any future disasters.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). Mental health and psychosocial relief efforts after the tsunami in South-East Asia. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205485