Disaster-related mental health: indoctrination or collaboration?

Van Eenwyk, J. R., & Jayawickrama, J. (2006). Disaster-related mental health: indoctrination or collaboration?. The Lancet, 368(9532), 285-286.

Margaret Harris Cheng's review of conditions in Sri Lanka (Jan 7, p 15)1 after the tsunami of Dec 26, 2004, outlines the work of non-governmental organisations in restoring and improving housing, food distribution, livelihood, and—the main focus of her article—mental health services. Although improving mental health services anywhere is laudable, the assumption that they come into existence in developing countries only when Western-style practitioners arrive is arrogant and wrong. Sri Lankans, for example, have been treating trauma for millennia.

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