Dealing with stress from disasters

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Psychosocial support following a disaster

In the hours, days and weeks after a disaster you may come across people who are worried, anxious, and uncertain about the future. Some will have experienced damage to their property, which means that they cannot live where they normally live. Others may have experienced injury to themselves or their loved ones. What we know from the research is that most people will be ok, especially if they have their usual resources to draw upon. Others will need more support.

Psychosocial fact sheets

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