Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness

This training  provides a basic overview of the immediate and short-term psychosocial consequences of disasters and what behaviors can assist disaster survivors immediately following a disaster. It was developed in 2006 by the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Public Health.

This training is appropriate for anyone who may be part of a disaster response including public health professionals, staff from other organizations as well as community members who volunteer to assist in responding to emergencies. The training can be completed in 3.5 hours as a facilitated small group session using a DVD. It may also be viewed online as a self-paced  individual training activity.

Upon completion of this training program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the mental health consequences of natural disasters and terrorist events.
  • Be aware of mental health effects of disasters including issues related to anxiety, stress and substance abuse as well as resilience.
  • Recognize behaviors that can assist survivors immediately following a disaster.
  • Identify additional training and technical assistance resources for mental health preparedness.
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