International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2009
By Laurie Leitch and Elaine Miller-Karas
Catastrophic events, such as the Sichuan Province earthquake in China on May 12, 2008, cause massive suffering. They put a huge strain on local response capacities because of distress of the civilian population and also death and traumatization of local responders. Mental health approaches are needed that are efficient and that help provide stabilization to both responders and civilians.