|Volume 10, Issue 3|
In this issue, we focus on the importance of cultural awareness during the disaster behavioral health response and recovery phases. These authors highlight three different special populations, and we hope their stories can help you and your colleagues in your own planning, response, and recovery efforts.
Post-Disaster Decline: Understanding Children's Vulnerability Before, During, and After Katrina, by Lori Peek, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, and Alice Fothergill, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Vermont.
Drs. Peek and Fothergill spent 7 years studying children who were living in or around New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck, focusing on how factors of their lives before the storm affected their recovery process.
Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults in Disasters, by Lisa Furst, M.P.H., LMSW, Director of Education for the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York and Director of Public Education for the Mental Health Association of New York City.
The author discusses how older adults can serve as mental health resources to their peers after a disaster and highlights the special needs that disaster professionals should consider when planning to respond to older adults after critical events.
All Hands on Deck for People Living With HIV and AIDS After Hurricane Sandy, by Janet Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer, Gay Men's Health Crisis.
Hurricane Sandy dealt a particularly hard blow to people living with HIV and AIDS whose main source of income is their Social Security disability checks. The author talks about maintaining services during and after one of the most horrific storms to ever hit New York City.
Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters
Information provided in this 60-minute podcast can help disaster behavioral health responders provide culturally aware and appropriate services for children, youth, and families affected by natural and human-caused disasters.
Helping Youth Cope With Disaster
This podcast can help parents, caregivers, teachers, and other school staff identify common reactions of children and youth to disaster and trauma, and discover helpful approaches to support immediate and long-term recovery.
Post-Disaster Retraumatization: Risk and Protective Factors
This podcast informs disaster behavioral health professionals about the concepts and signs of retraumatization and associated risk and protective factors, and highlights promising treatment strategies and tips for avoiding retraumatization.
The SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health App
SAMHSA recently released a behavioral health disaster app that can help responders provide quality support to survivors. Users can share resources and learn about pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and post-deployment resources, all from one button on the home screen.
The SAMHSA Disaster App can be found athttp://www.store.samhsa.gov/
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