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Haiti’s post-traumatic mental recovery

The United States has suspended evacuations of critically injured victims of the Haiti earthquake, until a dispute over who will pay for their care is settled, leaving tens of thousands in dire need of medical help for physical injuries. However, a by-product of Haiti’s humanitarian emergency is the psychological toll on the population. Rebuilding Haiti will mean returning people to their full mental function as well as providing physical necessities. The challenge goes beyond providing basic supplies and rebuilding – helping Haiti’s people to move toward psychological and emotional recovery. Al Jazeera’s Monica Villamizar visits a mental health clinic in Port-au-Prince which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking psychological first aid to treat traumatic depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. [January, 31, 2010]

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