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Emotional care in disasters

  • Unni Krishnan

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12, 2018   /  10:05 am
Emotional care in disasters Poor mental health, which affects 1 in 8 older adults, makes people more vulnerable to certain illnesses. (Shutterstock/-)

Disasters result in bitter memories. Psychological suffering manifests instantly and, if left unaddressed, may leave lasting scars. Simple measures can go a long way toward giving minds a healing touch.

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi remind us how quickly disasters can tear lives apart and leave thousands homeless. Almost 2,000 people have been confirmed dead. Officials warn the death toll may increase, as nearly 5,000 people have been reported missing.

Indonesians have a long history of dealing with earthquakes and other disasters, including the catastrophic Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004. Consistent efforts have been made to reduce disaster risks, improve preparedness and build resilient communities. Life-saving aid flows in immediately after a disaster. Yet, while the military, government, volunteers and humanitarian ...

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