Health Concerns in Haiti: Infectious Disease and Mental Health Perspective – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. People with existing mental health disorders and emergency responders both have unique concerns after experiencing a traumatic event like the earthquake in Haiti. Dr. Thomas Insel at the National Institute of Mental Health says that first group is most overlooked.
Dr. Insel: Somebody has to get to those – often children, but sometimes adults – and make sure that they get access to the very thing that was keeping them going before.
Narrator: First responders also tend to be overlooked.
Dr. Insel: Those people who you expect to be on the front lines, to be able to do the most good, are also often people who are subject to feeling the psychological impact of the trauma.
Narrator: For more information, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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