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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1

NN DE Oration 2017

Date of Web Publication8-Nov-2017

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. NN DE Oration 2017. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2017;33, Suppl S1:1

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. NN DE Oration 2017. Indian J Soc Psychiatry [serial online] 2017 [cited 2023 Feb 7];33, Suppl S1:1. Available from: https://www.indjsp.org/text.asp?2017/33/5/1/217842

Mental Health Services in Disaster Affected Population in Low Resource Settings

Rakesh K. Chadda

Department of Psychiatry, NDDTC, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. E-mail: [email protected]

Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, landslides, floods as well as the manmade disasters like terrorist attacks and wars are not an uncommon occurrence across the world. Disasters like floods, train accidents, bomb blasts and insurgency activities are common in India. Any disaster needs mobilization of large amount of resources, which may be difficult to arrange in low resource settings. Mental health problems are very common in the disaster affected populations. Most of the population affected by a disaster is in need of immediate mental health services, though immediate needs may consist of security, shelter, food and other daily needs. Planning mental health services for a disaster affected population is a challenge especially in low resource settings. Planning includes need assessment, accessibility of the disaster area, available resources and their mobilization, liaison with the local community and other sectors involved in relief work and provision of long term care. The orator will share his experiences of providing mental health services following Kashmir earthquake in 2005, and in that background, how mental health services can be planned in a disaster affected population.

Keywords: Mental health, disaster, low resource settings


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