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Special Issue "Disaster Mental Health Risk Reduction"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: population mental health, disaster risk reduction, strategic climate change adaptation
The global increase in extreme climatic events and disasters, whether natural or human-induced, will have significant impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of affected populations. Despite a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and psychosocial support aspects in global disaster policy frameworks (such as the Sendai Framework, and the WHO Framework for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management), the intersections of our current approaches to disaster risk reduction and existing efforts to address mental health and psychosocial aspects in disaster and emergency contexts are still relatively poorly understood. This Special Issue will therefore provide a unique opportunity to further examine these insufficiently explored themes and intersections through a disaster risk reduction lens across the various stages of the disaster life cycle and across geographies. More specifically, we are inviting scientific contributions (including conceptual and policy papers, empirical studies and systematic reviews) that advance our understanding of the mental health dimensions and risks of disasters and extreme climatic events and/or which focus on innovative strategies to more proactively and effectively reduce these risks at individual, community, population, health service system, national or global levels in future.
Dr. Lennart Reifels
Dr. Michel Dückers
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Disaster mental health
- Disaster risk reduction
- Mental health and psychosocial support
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
- Extreme climatic events
- Quality of psychosocial services in crises