Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal


Dear All,

Please, read the messages sent by Sauharda and Brandon below. Help us in any way you can, you can donate or volunteer for providing psychological first aid service to earthquake survivors.

Best,

Sujen

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From: Sauharda Rai <sauharda.rai@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM
Subject: Fwd: Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal

Dear all

While relief are pouring all over to support the victims and families of the devastating earthquake that took place in Nepal; we are working to provide Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) to them with the people here at Duke, Heartmind International and TPO Nepal.

It would be great if you could donate and/or forward the email by Dr Brandon Kohrt, President of Heartmind International within your network to raise fund for psychosocial and mental health support for the survivors and families in Nepal.

Thankyou everyone !!

Sauharda

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From: Brandon Kohrt <brandonkohrt@heartmindinternational.org>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal
To: info@heartmindinternational.org

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you all for your support and concern for the families affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. As you know, the death toll continues to rise with 4,800 confirmed dead. The United Nations estimates that 8 million people have been affected throughout the country through lack of shelter, food and water, and access to medical care.

Working with colleagues in Nepal and around the world, we are preparing our response for both the short-term and long-term consequences of the earthquake on psychosocial well-being and mental health. Please donate today through HeartMind International to support our work with earthquake affected families and children.

http://heartmindinternational.org/earthquake_response.html

 

 

 

 

 

A decade of preparation

One can never be fully prepared for such devastation and loss of life, but this risk is something we have anticipated in Nepal. During the past decade, I have worked with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, a mental health and psychosocial support Nepali NGO, which is now in partnership with HeartMind International. TPO-Nepal and HeartMind International have been dedicated to responding to and preparing for humanitarian crises.

Our work began by addressing the psychological consequences upon children, including child soldiers, and adults of a decade-long civil war. Then in 2009, TPO-Nepal and other colleagues drafted the mental health and psychosocial support contingency plan for response to emergencies, with the risk of earthquakes on everyone’s mind. TPO-Nepal and  colleagues culturally-adapted the World Health Organization-endorsed psychological first aid implementation and training materials. We have demonstrated the benefit of intervening early with these programs through our response to floods in western Nepal in 2014 and massive fires in southwestern Nepal in 2012.

Ready to help

With your support, TPO-Nepal’s staff of more than 140 people experienced in disaster and emergency situations  will make a dramatic difference to earthquake survivors throughout the country. Please donate today to help the children, women, and men impacted by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Thank you,

Brandon

Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD

President / Director  

HeartMind International

brandonkohrt@heartmindnational.org

Donate today at heartmindinternational.org

2 thoughts on “Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal

  1. Our thoughts are with you and the people of Nepal and we will help Nepal by sending money. We will also continue to try and help by facilitating workshops in solution focused intervention training to support social workers, psychologists, counselors, volunteers etc.Besides looking after themselves by applying the solution focused mindset in their own lives,learning how to deliver the SF interventions technique to others will hopefully aids to be able to continue to support as many others who might suffer from PTSD due the affects of the earthquake.

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