Psychosocial responses to pandemic/natural disasters/climate change
The number of people affected by natural disasters each year are alarmingly high and can be expected to rise. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the whole world. The mental health consequences have been documented not only in rates of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and PTSD, but also for depression and other mental health problems.
In Nordic countries where we live in modern welfare states, inhabitants have high expectations of being cared for, both in terms of medical and psychosocial assistance in times of crisis. Systems must be in place to provide help for affected groups to prevent them from undue suffering. This conference will discuss the challenges involved and outline how communities and states can respond and provide appropriate psychosocial help to its citizens.
The presenters at the conference have been involved in research and clinical work following various disasters in their respective countries and internationally. This conference is open to everyone who takes an interest in how we respond to the public’s psychosocial needs following disasters and climate change.
Among presenters will be:
Professor Atle Dyregrov, Center for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen
Professor Jarle Eid, Center for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen
Professor Arna Hauksdottir, University of Iceland
Professor Unnur Anna Valdimarsdóttir, University of Iceland
The conference is a collaboration between Centre for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen, University of Iceland and NORDRESS
The conference will be held on November 17th.