After September 11 and Hurricane Katrina, mental health professionals from across the country further developed plans for disaster response and triage. These professionals are getting a large-scale chance to put those plans into action on the Far Rockaways in Queens, New York as they are providing mental health services to the survivors of Hurrican Sandy.
This psychological first aid, as it is known, is designed, like mental health coaching and mental health case management, to address immediate concerns as opposed to long-term issues. According to the Huffington Post, “Their work did not involve psychotherapy sessions and diagnosis but rather tending to the immediate needs of survivors”.
We are well-aware that many people in the Washington, DC have relatives in the affected areas who are in need of mental health support in the aftermath of the hurricane.
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