ERIC Number: ED277919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Disaster Work and Mental Health: Prevention and Control of Stress among Workers.
Hartsough, Don M.; Myers, Diane Garaventa
This document presents a two-part monograph developed to focus attention on emergency worker needs. It is designed to aid the paid and volunteer workers who respond to major disasters and should be useful to all agencies engaged in disaster relief operations; to regional, state, and local emergency planners; and to private charitable organizations involved in disaster relief. The monograph should also serve as a resource to mental health service providers planning a comprehensive mental health response to disasters. Part I, "Stress and Mental Health Interventions in Three Major Disasters" (Don M. Hartsough), discusses in detail different sources of stress for disaster workers and their potential effects. Preventive and treatment strategies are outlined. Part II, "Helping the Helpers: A Training Manual" (Diane Garaventa Myers), presents a detailed course designed for mental health trainers to use in helping emergency workers anticipate and prevent stress, and to learn how to get help once they experience stress-related problems. Suggestions are given for developing collaborative relationships between emergency organizations and mental health agencies. A list of relevant audiovisual and printed materials is appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Studies of Emergencies.
Note: For related document, see CG 019 602.