Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters: Assisting Community Leaders

Facts, Fear, and Trust

Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters: Assisting Community Leaders (with annotations for pandemics)

This recording and accompanying slide set presentation is a resource to assist community leaders, mental health, and health care providers in responding to the psychosocial impacts created by disasters. This presentation includes additional notations for adapting and responding to pandemics and the unique mental health challenges presented by this type of disaster.

Dr. Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH, provides a review of best practices for responding to the psychosocial effects of disasters. In 2011, Dr. McLean received the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Psychiatry and brings this notable experience to the session.


Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the phases of disaster and how it pertains to mental health.
  • Review the importance of risk communication and its ability to mitigate mental health problems during disaster.
  • Review protective and risk factors of individuals and communities in the phases of disaster.


Trainer Information

Dr. Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also serves as a technical trainer for the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.


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