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Types of COVID-19 Disaster Work and Psychological Responses in National Guard Service Members

Now available: A CSTS study indicates that among 1,363 National Guard service members who activated in response to COVID-19 in early 2020, the four work tasks associated with the highest levels of stress were: 1) Patient transportation; 2) Working with the dead; 3) Working with families of COVID-19 patients; and 4) Working with residents in high-risk facilities. These rankings were reflected in work task scaled scores that indicate each task's level of high stress, with scores ranging from 32.8 to 100. These findings reflect the stress inherent in disaster-related work tasks associated with personal involvement with individuals who are sick, dying, or deceased and highlight the importance of supporting personnel involved in these work tasks.

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Grand Round 22/5/2024 Disasters and Preventive Psychiatry: Next Steps

In the wake of the worst floods in the history of Brazil, impacting over 2 million people and displacing more than 500k citizens, Dr. Joshua Morganstein was sought out by the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul to deliver just-in-time education on disaster mental health to numerous universities and healthcare associations through a livestream YouTube grand rounds.

At this global health engagement, Dr. Morganstein provided critical, evidence-based information to interdisciplinary professionals from a range of clinical backgrounds on practical actions for individuals, peers, organizations, and leaders to foster resilience and sustainment for communities impacted by Brazil's worst-ever climate disaster.

CSTS continues to provide disaster mental health education resources and reach-back consultation to colleagues in Brazil in support of disaster-affected communities and support for global health security.

Disaster Psychiatry: From Individual to Community

Dr. Ursano gave a talk in April 2024 as part of the Nuvance Health Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. The presentation is titled "Disaster Psychiatry: From Individual to Community" and touches on different types of disasters including natural disasters, COVID-19, and war in the Ukraine.

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CSTS 2023 Annual Report

Immediately available for viewing is the 2023 CSTS Annual Report. In this comprehensive report, you can read summaries of the Center's work to enhance psychological health, speed the recovery from, and help prevent the negative consequences of trauma on individuals, families, communities, and the nation. 

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Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, MD, and other disasters that result in loss of life, physical harm, and extreme damage to infrastructure, create prolonged uncertainty, social and economic hardships, and have adverse impacts on community functioning. Actions that promote the five essential elements of Psychological First Aid (safety, calming, connectedness, efficacy, and hope) can reduce individual distress and foster community sustainment through this event, as well as other disasters.  Members of the community can help reduce adversity and chronic stressors by helping friends and neighbors impacted by the loss of their job, experiencing increased stress from daily commutes and other disruptions at home, school, and work. Below are brief and easy-to-use education fact sheets with recommended actions to protect the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities impacted by the bridge collapse.

Please click HERE for brief and easy-to-read education fact sheets.