Dealing with the psychological trauma of disasters

Monday, 03 Jan 2022, 1:00 PM MYT

By Prof. Dato’ Dr Andrew Mohanraj

Disasters are a complex global problem and an inevitable fact of life.

Every year, individuals and communities are affected by natural disasters that disrupt their economic and social development, as well as jeopardise their mental health and wellbeing.

The recent floods in our country, which are nothing short of a national calamity, are no exception.

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction defines disaster as “a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society, causing widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses, which exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources”.

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