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October, 2014

The impact of disasters on communities

Disasters Disasters are events where groups of people are affected by a life-threatening situation. Disasters can be man-made, such as building collapses and war, or natural, such as earthquakes and landslides. The impact of disasters is greatest on communities in developing countries because they generally have few reserves and resources to begin with. Also, many developing countries have […]

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Mental health promotion in a refugee camp

Mental health promotion in a refugee camp A health worker could do much to promote mental health in a refugee camp. • Hand over responsibilities. One of the most disturbing experiences of being a refugee is the sense of helplessness. From being responsible and able to make decisions in response to their needs, refugees find […]

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Children involved in war

Children involved in war The stress of conflict can be a cause of great stress to a child. Children are often the worst victims of war, not only because they may lose their parents and families but also because they may be used as agents of war. Child soldiers may not only face severe physical injuries and death, […]

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The mental health of refugees

The mental health of refugees There are many reasons why the mental health of refugees may suffer: • Grief and mourning. The loss of all personal belongings, including the family home, and income is a terrible blow to people, particularly those who are already poor. Grief is made worse by the senselessness of the events. • Being exposed […]

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Meet basic needs for refugees

Meet basic needs first Providing safety and basic needs such as water and food are the most important interventions to support the mental health of refugees and those living in war zones. As time passes, it is important for people to lead as much of a normal life as possible. Assigning responsibilities and specific roles to individuals […]

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Refugee Information

Refugee Information Thousands of people are displaced from their homes as they attempt to flee war, persecution or famine. We call them refugees: people who have been forced to leave their homes in an attempt to save their own lives. Wars and terrorism, riots and civil unrest are tragically evident in many regions of the world. As technology advances, so […]

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Difficult to work with prisoners

It is often difficult to work with prisoners because the entire prison system can be unsympathetic towards the emotional needs of the inmates. Working in prisons can also be stressful, leading to emotional problems for wardens, guards and others. You can play a useful role in improving the quality of life within prisons, and this will ultimately benefit […]

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Mental Health Treatment in Prisons

Mental Health Treatment in Prisons Caring for the mental health of prisoners In general, prisons are harsh places, where discipline and routine are the essence of daily life. After all, they are places to which people are sent as punishment. It may be difficult to be sympathetic to someone who, for example, may have hurt another person very […]

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The mental health of prisoners

The mental health of prisoners The mental health of prisoners is important for two reasons: • Some people with mental illness get involved in criminal activities and end up in prison. • Being in prison can be a stressful experience. The isolation, loss of freedom and anxiety can, in some people, lead to mental illness. Drug […]

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Mental Illness and Crime Facts

Mental Illness and Crime Facts Mental illness and crime Certain kinds of mental illness may influence sufferers’ behaviour in such a way that they do things that break the law. These are typical examples: • Violent behaviour can occur in people who are suffering from severe mental disorders. For example, during a psychotic phase, they may […]

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