Mental Health Post-Disaster
Updated: Jun 13, 2022
Natural disasters leave chaos and destruction in their wake, often leading to death and displacement. They can also have significant impacts on survivors’ mental health. Studies have shown that natural disasters can increase one's risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and suicide. Women, children, and older adults tend to face the most drastic mental health issues following a disaster. However, studies have shown that post-disaster mental health interventions can help communities heal and become more resilient in the process.
Where can you find mental health resources for post-disaster recovery?
Ready.gov: Coping With Disaster
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Disaster Behavioral Health Resources
US Department of Health and Human Services: Disaster Mental Health Resources
Resources specifically for children:
Resources specifically for women:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Women and Disasters
Resources specifically for older adults:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Helping Older Adults After Disaster
National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging: Resources
Natural disasters are not the only time to ensure you are taking care of your mental health. Below are some general mental health resources:
Navigating a natural disaster can be challenging and have serious impacts on one’s mental health. Taking care of yourself is critical during this time. For more help, contact us at HelpDesk@isdus.org or 1 (833) 473-2020.
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