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Disaster Mental Health

Addresses facets of disaster mental health services research and policy.

What is disaster mental health?

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Disaster mental health is a departure from traditional behavioral health practice.  Outreach and crisis counseling activities are considered the core of disaster behavioral health activities, with mental health professionals working hand-in-hand with paraprofessionals, volunteers, community leaders and survivors in ways that may differ from their formal clinical training.  Like the larger rubric of mental health services research, disaster mental health research address clinical and service systems research.

To learn more, visit the CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response and the APA's Disaster Response Network.


Finding resources

Use the following subject headings to find books and other resources at the USF Libraries

  • Crisis intervention (mental health services)
  • Disasters -- Psychological aspects
  • Disaster victims -- Mental health
  • Disaster victims -- Mental health services -- United States
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychic trauma
  • Disaster relief