2011 JOPLIN, MISSOURI TORNADO EXPERIENCE, MENTAL HEALTH REACTIONS, AND SERVICE UTILIZATION: CROSS-SECTIONAL ASSESSMENTS AT APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS AND 2.5 YEARS POST-EVENT
Via The Guardian of Public Health
In PLoS Currents-Disasters, researchers examined the mental health effects following the tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. They performed two surveys, one six months post disaster and a second 2.5 years post disaster.
Both surveys evaluated the participant's experience with the tornado, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and mental health system utilization. The research showed the instance of depression was higher at six months than at 2.5 years and instances of post-traumatic stress disorder was higher at 2.5 years. Mental health utilization was low throughout both time periods. The authors suggest greater monitoring of mental health and referral of services following a major disaster. Read More>>
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