Psychosocial Support after Disaster

Disasters and emergencies take an immense toll not only on people’s physical health, but on their mental health and wellbeing too. Addressing global mental health and psychosocial needs is a vital part of the humanitarian work supporting healthy communities.

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Mental and Sociopsychological Needs and the Elderly

This collection includes materials related to elderly people's mental and sociopsychological needs in humanitarian contexts. Often overshadowed in mainstream literature, these materials address the sociopsychological needs of seniors, especially in times of crises, disasters, and in areas lacking coherent policies for those affected. These resources are published by CMHS, Cogent Social Science, HelpAge, Age Action, FAO, the International Federation on Aging, Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance, Alzheimer’s Disease International, and Alzheimer’s Pakistan. This Collection completes the series of available collections for elderly in the Humanitarian Library and is part of a broader Channel on this topic entitled Elderly in Humanitarian Emergencies.

Psychosocial Support for Children in Emergencies

This collection on psychosocial support for children in emergencies, considers the horrific situations children go through every day. These situations range from exposure to violence or disaster (natural and man-made), to loss of or separation from family members and friends, militarization and community conflict, deteriorating living conditions, loss of livelihoods, and lack of access to services. These situations have immediate and long term consequences, and as such, there is need for psychosocial support intervention for their psychological well-being and development. This collection is centered on addressing the psychological needs of children in emergency settings and contains resources from such organizations as ICRC, UNICEF, USAID, and others.

Protection and the Elderly

This collection is composed of resources dealing with the protection of elderly people during times of crises, disasters, emergencies, and post-disasters. These resources come from partners within the Global Protection Cluster and organizations such as HelpAge International, UNHCR, and Natural Hazards review. They range from practical guidelines for dealing with emergency situations to the psychosocial impact that such experiences have on those in this involved. This collection will be the first of many collections discussing thematic issues and the elderly, and a part of a larger channel housed within the Age Library that deals more generally to the topic of elderly people in times of crisis.