Psychosocial Response to Major Emergencies

In 2006, a Major Emergency Management framework was published to combine the efforts of the Principle Response Agencies (An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and Local Authorities) to prepare for and make a co-ordinated response to major emergencies.  A primary responsibility for the health service included the provision of psychosocial support to members of the public who may be affected by an emergency.  Emanating from this requirement, in 2014, Mental Health and Emergency Management developed a 'Psychosocial & Mental Health Needs Following Major Emergencies - A Guidance Document.  The recommendations and detail of this guidance document have underpinned the development of Local Psychosocial Response Plans for Community Healthcare Areas.

The Health Service Executive aims to implement an integrated and coordinated psychosocial response to Major Emergencies. It aims to ensure, as far as possible, that all individuals, families and communities experiencing or at risk of experiencing psychological, emotional, social and physical (psychosocial) experiences and/or mental health squeal will receive a continuum of supports from health and community service providers who will understand the issues and who will recognise and respond to the needs of those impacted.

Useful Documentation:

Psychosocial and Mental Health Needs following a Major Emergency: A Guidance Document

Adult Survivors of Trauma: A Guide for Non-Specialist Professionals

Responding to Children after a Traumatic Event: A Guide for Non-Specialist Professionals

Helping Teenagers to Cope After a Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents or Carers

Understanding Personal Stress after a Serious Incident

Coping with Flooding