A More Mindful Response to Disasters

Despite the uptick in occurrence and intensity of climate change disasters, there remains a lack of data-driven research regarding the mental health impacts on survivors—of which there are many.

Drawing from examples of community resources deployed after Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County has launched a bilingual website and app linking survivors of last year’s disastrous Tubbs Fire to mental health resources. Working with Stanford University, the organization hopes to collect feedback for building stronger mental health resource responses to global disasters whether they’re sudden, like wildfires, or “chronic, long-term assaults” like habitat loss for indigenous people.

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