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WHO Report Addresses Mental Health In Emergency Situations

“Humanitarian agencies work hard to help people with their mental health and psychosocial needs in the aftermath of emergencies, but too often opportunities are missed to strengthen mental health systems for the long-term, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, ‘Building back better: Sustainable mental health care after emergencies’ released for World Humanitarian Day (August 19),” a WHO press release states. “The possibilities presented by emergency situations are significant because major gaps remain worldwide in the realization of comprehensive, community-based mental health care,” the press release notes, adding, “By releasing this report, WHO aims to help guide policymakers to reform their mental health systems, especially those which may be susceptible to future emergencies” (8/16).