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World Health Organization

Addressing Mental Health in Emergencies

During and after emergencies, mental health problems are more likely to rise within a community. Some victims may develop new mental disorders while others suffer from previous ones and require more help. The psychological first aid given after a crisis involves supportive, humane, and practical applications, which must be done with respect to people's’ dignity and culture. Psychological and psychiatric help must also be made available for specific and urgent mental health problems, and be implemented in a region’s healthcare system due to the possible increase of a wide range of these illnesses. Emergencies could cause a myriad of issues like depression, schizophrenia, alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many others. The separation of families, the loss of livelihoods and the destruction of resources are amongst the different causes of mental illness in emergency situations. Moreover, evidence has shown that there are factors that influence the ability to recover from disasters, one of them being the accessibility to social, physical, and emotional support, which allows communities to recover faster and rebuild their way of life. Emergency situations, though tragic in nature, have been exploited to better a country’s mental health systems, with WHO working as the leading agency in technical advice on mental health, this will be one of our goals for this committee.

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