Dealing with Stress from Disasters

Providing appropriate psychosocial support following the Christchurch earthquake

In the hours, days and weeks ahead you may come across instances where people are worried, anxious, frightened, or just uncertain about their experiences and futures. Some will have experienced damage to their property which means that they cannot live where they normally live. Others may have experienced injury - whether to themselves, or their loved ones. And this injury could be physical or non-physical, visible or non-visible. What we know from the research is that most people will be ok, especially if they have their usual resources to draw upon - especially their social networks and experience with coping with adversity successfully before in their lives. Others will need more support.

Dr Sarb Johal's blog on psychosocial support activities - http://eqnzsupport.wordpress.com
(Also includes videos prepared by Dr Sarb Johal that explain concepts of psychosocial support.)

Fact Sheets

prepared by Dr Sarb Johal and Robyn Tuohy, JCDR, Massey University.

Video presentations

Dr Sarb Johal presents a series of short video presentations as linked under the following headings

Foundations of Psychosocial Support
The Principles of Psychosocial Support
The IASC Guidelines / residual difficulties for people after emergencies
Disasters and their impact upon mental well-being - Part 1
Disasters and their impact upon mental well-being - Part 2
Disasters and their impact upon mental well-being - Part 3
Disasters and their impact upon mental well-being - Part 4
Disasters and their impact upon mental well-being - Part 5
Ordinary reactions to extraordinary events
Psychological First Aid
The process of helping
Guidance on helping children and adolescents
Assisting adults and older adults
Individual and community supports after the Canberra bush fires
Learning from the Matata flood and landslide
Taking care of staff and yourself
Staff and staff care 
Risk communication
Some final tips and examples   

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