How Can I Help? Psychiatry's Role in Disaster Response

Community Resilience and Psychiatry's Role Following Disaster
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 This month, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked devastation across numerous communities bringing them extraordinary loss and traumatic stress. How do communities begin to heal and pick up the pieces of their lives to rebuild after such catastrophic loss?

While these events highlight the need for scalable and effective approaches to disaster preparedness, any response for individuals, families and communities must attend to those at highest risk since resources are not unlimited. New Orleans has emerged a tutor for resilience in how the city has recovered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The symposium "Community Resilience and Psychiatry's Role Following Disaster" will share lessons learned from community resilience approaches to mental health and discuss how community-partnered models can be brought to scale. Psychiatry has an important role in public engagement to foster comment resilience.

Psychiatrists can engage pro-actively community leaders during times of crisis, such as community health workers and alternative community staff, and these collaborations can be sustained over time to support ongoing community resource development. In fact, community building for mental well-being is essential to both disaster recovery and transforming neighborhoods.

If you are curious to hear about examples of sustained partnerships and models for community resilience, we look forward to seeing you at our session. You will have the opportunity to hear from national experts who have engaged in community responses and learn how you can best connect with ongoing efforts."


Glenda Wrenn M.D., M.S.H.P
Associate Professor of Psychiatry,
Director of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity,
Morehouse School of Medicine


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