CDB funding programme to aid mental health, psychosocial support in disaster management
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is seeking to build the social resilience of its member states to natural disasters.
The bank highlighted that in spite of the high vulnerability of the region to such and the impact these could have on mental health and psychosocial well-being, social resilience was often overlooked in mitigation and rebuilding efforts.
In response, the CDB will therefore be funding a programme to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean.
“It is critical that a country’s response to any disaster includes a targeted psychosocial support and mental health component to rebuild individual and social resilience,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB.
“We have witnessed first-hand how feelings of anxiety and distress can result from the inability to tolerate and withstand environmental and social threats, and lead to behaviours, including substance abuse, child and spousal abuse and gender-based violence. This can potentially have a long term debilitating impact…
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