Mental Health and Psychosocial Well being After Disasters: Global Updates

The author presented the current status of mental illness globally. After presenting statistics on suicide-related deaths since 2001, mental illnesses and responses, budget for mental health, and how it relates to economy, he delved into specifics regarding mental illnesses in a post-disaster/crisis setting. According to his presentation, “Psychological aspects play key roles in determining physical health and survival, QOL, resilience, motivation, [and] ability to prepare/recover/reconstruct.” Further, he said that rights of persons with mental illnesses tend to be marginalized during disaster risk response.

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