WHO, Single-session Psychological Debriefing: Not Recommended

The purpose of this brief communication is to draw attention to some aspects of mental health interventions in emergency situations. The world is witnessing an increasing number of conflicts and disasters – causing enormous mental suffering. As a result, more and more governmental, nongovernmental and United Nations agencies are involved in the provision of mental health assistance to affected populations. One of the most popular approaches is so-called ‘single-session psychological debriefing.’ It is WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse technical opinion – based on the available evidence – that it is not advised to organize forms of single-session psychological debriefing to the general population as an early intervention after exposure to trauma.

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