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Mental Health



Disasters, whether natural or manmade, profoundly influence lives. Through a chain of catastrophic sequences, they damage the built environment, cause death and injury, overwhelm psychological coping, and devastate communities. They are often difficult to predict, prevent, and control. It is this very nature of disasters that requires communities to organize themselves in advance in extremely challenging circumstances to prepare for timely and effective disaster and post-disaster relief work.

Faculty Directors: Ruth Barron (Harvard Medical School), Shamila Khan (Cambridge Health Alliance).

In Region Partners: Aman Foundation, Karachi, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the health department of the city of Karachi, health department of Sindh province, Al Abassi Hospital, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center, Aga Khan University Hospital, and Karachi Civil Hospital.

Public lecture on December 16, 2015, Karachi, Pakistan: Mental Health in Disaster Response – Local and International Perspectives

2015 Mental HealthSymposium

From left: Jennifer Leaning, Ruth Barron, and John Torous discuss mental health at SAI’s 2015 Symposium.