Survivor notification of post-disaster mental health services

Added June 30, 2020

Citation: Langan JC, Krieger MM. Survivor Notification of Post-Disaster Mental Health Services: An Integrative Review. Issues in mental health nursing. 2018 Jul 3;39(7):568-74.

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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare systems and communities. Existing research on the mental health impacts of humanitarian disasters, including pandemic illnesses, might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this integrative review, the authors searched for articles about notification methods for psychiatric mental health services for adult survivors of disasters caused by natural hazards. They restricted their search to studies published in English between 2011 and 2016. They included 18 studies, many of which related to Hurricane Katrina.

What was found: Formal notification of available mental health services through healthcare provider referrals and online programs were often used; and informal support, including family, friends and clergy, was identified in several studies.

Mental healthcare providers might have a significant impact on disaster recovery by developing communication plans within the disaster response.

 

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