Victims of natural or man-made disasters need support to recover from the trauma of the event. Trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues. It can also put victims at higher risk for substance abuse.
This episode looks at why disaster victims need support both immediately after the event and over the long term.
Governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and others in disaster response need to plan to effectively address the behavioral health needs of these victims.