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Disaster Mental Health
November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
One of the most lasting and damaging effects of a disaster is the trauma to one’s mental and emotional health, for those experiencing the disaster and to first responders.
Post-disaster mental trauma can be substantial; one study estimates the prevalence of PTSD at 30–40% among direct victims, 10–20% among rescue workers, and 5–10% in the general population.
Come learn about interventions to help disaster victims through a disaster, including children. Learn how to become a more resilient responder by learning how to manage mental health trauma and PTSD.
Barbara Morita is a retired Physician Assistant with 32 years of patient care in non-profit Community Health Centers in the East Bay. She brings direct medical disaster response experience to her presentations and weaves real response stories into the reasons for recommendations. Her disaster response experience includes Ground Zero/ World Trade Center, Superdome/ Hurricane Katrina, Haiti Earthquake, Shelter support/ California wildfires, and Indonesia after the great earthquake/ tsunami.