Integrating Behavioral Health In Federal Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Assessment and Recommendations. A Report of the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Biodefense Science Board [open pdf - 137KB]
"Over the past decade, the Nation has experienced a range of notable disasters and emergencies, both natural and human-caused, including the September 11 terrorist attacks, the 2001 anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. In addition to causing physical injury and property destruction, such events have damaging effects on the mental and behavioral health of those who are directly involved. They also affect society on a larger scale, with worries about prolonged health impacts, job loss, and socioeconomic deterioration harming the psychological wellbeing of individuals and disrupting the functioning of entire communities."
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