Category: effects of disaster on children

  • Long Term Effects of a Disaster

    Long Term Effects of a Disaster

    The long term effects of a natural disaster can range from coping with the loss of loved ones to dealing with emotional trauma such as depression and PTSD. Studies have shown an increase in stress, mental illness and increased suicide risk among individuals who have lived through a natural disaster. Particularly for children, traumatic events […]

  • Short-term effects of a disaster

    Short-term effects of a disaster

    The short term mental and emotional effects of a natural disaster differ from person to person. Individuals are struggling with dealing with loss of livelihood, loss of their home and the chaos and debris surrounding them in the immediate aftermath and the debilitating fear that can follow in the footsteps of a natural disaster. Children […]

  • Immediate Needs Following a Disaster

    Immediate Needs Following a Disaster

    Children and the elderly are the two groups most at risk following a natural disaster as they experience more trauma than other age groups. Children in particular internalize the fear from a natural disaster very deeply, which can result in nightmares, flashbacks and trouble behaving in school. Symptoms such as these should be closely monitored […]