DISASTER RISK REDUCTION & RESILIENCE
From superstorms to earthquakes, communities are being confronted by extreme weather events that entrench deep psychological faultlines. In the aftermath of natural disasters, people and communities overwhelmingly show themselves to be resilient. Despite this, distress behaviours often slip under the radar, especially in the rush to rebuild and return to ordinary life. Left unattended, the psychological toll can cascade over time and lead to inter-generational harm. Disaster risk reduction (DRR), when based on prevention science, can reduce the risk of trauma exposure across communities.
Our Disaster Mental Health research unpacks the mental health impacts and needs after extreme events. Drawing on 'building back better', we look at the role of psychological first aid and longer-term MHPSS interventions grounded in culturally appropriate community adaptive processes, personal resilience, and social support buffering against psychological harm.
We broaden the focus of care to include psychological support for first responders, delving into the impact of post-disaster symptomology, secondary trauma, and burnout in the field.
External to and published independent of Between Borders