The Aftermath of Disaster: Supporting Survivors Through Psychology
Food, water, shelter, medical attention—these are the most critical needs after a disaster strikes. But what about the psychological and emotional needs of the survivors? Psychological support in the weeks, months, and years that follow is vital. The aftereffects of the earthquake in Haiti will be present for years to come. APF recognizes the pressing need to foster resilience and healing those individuals and communities affected by such disasters.
When you support the APF Visionary Funds, you are healing the often invisible scars wrought by disaster that psychology alone can address. You have supported:
The University of New Orleans graduate student Natalie Costa investigating the impact Hurricane Katrina had on children’s anxiety to provide information on family functioning and mental health symptoms pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina.
A weeklong psychological rehabilitation for 44 child survivors of the 2004 tsunami where psychologists, mental health professional volunteers and local counselors created an empathetic and understanding environment where the children participated in workshops to help them cope with stress related symptoms and their feelings.
The 9/11 Mothers and Children Project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in offering the only clinical intervention program to treat the maternal needs of women who were pregnant when they lost their spouses on 9/11;
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in studying how people cope with their increased sense of vulnerability in the years after a disaster so psychological scientists, policy makers, and practitioners will be able to address the issues that emerge over time.
Psychologists understand the importance of sustained support and interventions after the dust settles. As people return and communities rebuild, you can help ensure the emotional and mental health needs of survivors are not forgotten.
To contribute to APF’s Visionary Funds, donate online or contact Kim Palmer Rowsome, Senior Development Officer, via e-mail or at 202.336.5622.
APF Visionary and Weiss grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:
- Understanding and fostering the connection between mental and physical health to ensure well-being;
- Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony;
- Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world;
- Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.
One-year grants are available up to the amount of $20,000. Additionally, a $2,500 Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant is also available for any program that falls within APF’s priority areas. To apply, please download the RFP. (PDF, 167KB)
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