"The response to an influenza pandemic will pose substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to healthcare providers, public health workers, emergency responders, and the general public. The risk most likely will remain elevated for as long as the pandemic continues in the community. Prior experience with disaster relief efforts indicates that enhanced workforce support activities can help them remain effective during emergencies. A practical plan to address psychological aspects of pandemic is needed to ensure that hospitals, public health agencies, emergency responders, and providers of essential services are prepared to help their employees in strengthening personal resilience and professional performance. An essential part of this planning effort involves creation of alliances with community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations with expertise in and resources for psychosocial support services or training. The Mental Health Response section addresses the needs of public health and healthcare workers, emergency personnel, their families, and the general public."
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: http://health.mo.gov/