Disasters have always been part of life, and therefore psychiatry is inherently relevant in their management, prevention and study. Disasters can be man-made (anthropogenic) or natural, but regardless of their aetiology, they are capable of adversely affecting the lives of large parts of the population. Similarly, however, they can herald opportunity and the development of resilience for those affected.
The WPA Section on Disasters has as its overarching goal to increase psychiatry's relevance in the management and prevention of disasters. More specifically, the Sections aims to:
increase psychiatry's importance in disasters
inform policy on the management and prevention of disasters
support networking and communication of psychiatrists with a special interest in disasters
support and conduct research on topics relevant to disaster psychiatry
disseminate evidence-based knowledge on disaster psychiatry
educate mental health professionals and other key professionals involved in disaster management
Dr. Nikos Christodoulou
Address: Department of Psychiatry
University of Thessaly Medical School
Dr. Rodrigo Ramalho
Address: The University of Auckland,
Private Bag 92019,
Dr Hesed Virto
Address: Neuroscience Research Center (CIN-CENEURO), Andean University of Cusco, Peru
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Disasters: Mental health context and responses
Christodoulou, G. N., Mezzich, J. E., Christodoulou, N. G., & Lecic-Tosevski, D. (2016).
Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-4438-8944-5