What We Can Learn from Disaster Mental Health

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There are lessons we can learn from disaster mental health services that can help our mental health in every day life. See what they are on HealthyPlace.

What We Can Learn from Disaster Mental Health

Disaster mental health services are a component of organizations, such as the American Red Cross, that respond to catastrophes. As hurricane Florence devastated the Carolinas and surrounding areas recently, trained response teams arrived to help with immediate mental health needs in the face of a calamity. Some components of their programs can also be applied to ordinary life.

Principles of disaster mental health services are similar to what we need in everyday life to nurture our emotional health. Try this disaster menta health approach for your mental health:

  • Meet physical needs first. Make sure your basic needs for shelter, healthy food, and water are met. Ensure, too, that you have access to, and take, any medication you’ve been prescribed.
  • Attend to emotional needs. Approach yourself, loved ones, and any situation with patience, understanding, and acceptance. Remember that life can be challenging and frustrating. Trying to fight them won’t change problems and will keep you stuck.
  • Limit exposure to news and social media reports. These exaggerate and catastrophize to draw attention. Such exposure to tv news and social media is harmful to emotional health.
  • Plan small action steps. What things can you do, day by day or even hour by hour, to heal?

Whether you’re in a disaster zone or just living your life, following these steps can enhance emotional health.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, September 24). What We Can Learn from Disaster Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 25, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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