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Psychological first aid : guide for field workers

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
WAR TRAUMA FOUNDATION (WTF)
WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL
2011

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"This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both social and psychological support"

Mental and social health during and after acute emergencies : emerging consensus?

VAN OMMEREN, Mark
SAXNA, Shekhar
SARACENO, Benedetto
January 2005

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This article deals with the controversy of mental health programme during and after acute emergencies. There is no agreement on the public health value of the post-traumatic stress disorder concept or on the appropriateness of separate trauma-focused services. The paper discusses the consensus which is emerging of a broad range of social and mental health strategies, as exemplified by the inclusion of a 'mental and social aspects of health' standard in minimum standards in disaster response

Mental health assistance to the populations affected by the Tsunami in Asia

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2005

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People affected by a catastrophe like the tsunami of 26 December 2004 are exposed to extreme stressors which represent risks to mental health. It is estimated that the tsunami caused an increase in mental disorders of between five and ten per cent. This document describes the types of mental health problems which are found in the tsunami-affected area and makes recommendations for interventions

Where there is no psychiatrist : a mental health care manual

PATEL, Vikram
2003

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This is a practical manual about mental health care, aimed at community health workers, primary care nurses, social workers and primary care doctors. It describes more than 30 clinical problems associated with mental illness, using a problem-solving approach to guide the reader through their assessment and management. It addresses the lack of understanding of mental health among many health workers

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