- What has been the impact of the attacks on the national psyche?
- What have we learned about those who might be at risk for deleterious mental health effects should there be another large scale terrorist attack?
- What have we learned about treatment of disaster survivors?
- What have been the mental health consequences for those who experienced the attacks directly or lost a loved one on 9/11?
UNITED AUTO WORKERS (UAW) TRAINING
In response to the evident psychosocial needs following the devastation of the Asian tsunami (December, 2005) and the lack of existing mental health infrastructure to address the issues, PBB under the leadership of Dr. Pamela Ryan and Dr. Rony Berger sent a delegation of mental health professionals to Sri Lanka to assist with the crisis that has displaced around 5% of the country’s population. Thirty-two mental health workers, teachers, and volunteers were trained in ERASE-Stress. In addition to the training of the ERASE-Stress Program the team also provided some psychological assistance to both the staff and clients of two NGO’s established as a result of the tsunami. The focus of assisting the two NGO’s was to address the need that the carers themselves need to be looked after. Doctors, nurses and volunteers from IMPAKTaid, along with psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers and caretakers from Adopt Sri Lanka, were provided with an opportunity to share their own experiences of the tsunami. PBB was able to effectively highlight the important message to the NGO’s of both ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ in the work that each of them do.