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BJPsych Advances
Early mental health intervention after disasters
David A. Alexander


Disasters are complex events that challenge the coping abilities of individuals and communities. This article reviews the likely impact of such events and factors that compromise the ability of survivors to cope with that impact. The principles of early intervention are also considered, particularly with regard to the role of a mental health adviser. This role is an important and demanding one, and its aims and principles of professional conduct should be carefully scrutinised.

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