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Preparing Scotland: Responding to the Psychosocial and Mental Health Needs of People Affected by Emergencies

Preparing Scotland: Responding to the Psychosocial and Mental Health Needs of People Affected by Emergencies

Thursday, November 28, 2013

ISBN: 9781784120047

A supplement to Preparing Scotland: Care for People Affected by Emergencies

Executive Summary

Emergencies and disasters can harm the health of people and communities in many ways.

Often, the direct physical effects are readily seen, while the impacts on people’s mental health

and wellbeing may be less obvious and are sometimes hidden. Minimising the suffering of

individual people, families and communities, and averting the risk of emotional and psychological

injury are important parts of the response to any emergency.

This guidance makes recommendations that are relevant to all Category 1 responders and other

organisations. It will be of particular interest to those involved in the wider Care for People

response, including:

• Local authorities

• Health Boards, and

• Third sector organisations