Safeguarding mental health in disaster response
When a disaster such as a cyclone or a flood occurs, both of which are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change, urgent needs including shelter and water supplies are already difficult to address — let alone the effects of trauma or other potential psychological consequences. However, experts agree that extreme weather events and climate change have both short-term and long-term effects on mental health.
“After a cyclone, there is an increase in mental health and psychosocial issues,” said Dr. Yuta Setoya, World Health Organization country liaison officer for Tonga and mental health specialist. According to Setoya, in the aftermath of cyclone Gita which hit the island state of Tonga in the southern Pacific Ocean in 2018, these psychosocial impacts became apparent through an increase in drunk driving, accidents, and violence…
Coronavirus mental health: this brilliant advice from a 93-year-old psychologist is a must-read for anyone struggling right now
As the weather outside gets colder and the number of coronavirus cases rises, it’s hard not to feel a little downbeat about what life’s got in store for us over the next couple of months.
Staying optimistic throughout the pandemic has always been tricky. But as new restrictions are introduced across the country, many of us are finding the prospect of having to live with the pandemic for the foreseeable future even more difficult than usual.
So, what can we do to take care of ourselves during this difficult time? The answer, according to Holocaust survivor and world-renowned psychologist Dr Edith Eger, lies within us…