UNC Gillings School of Public Health

Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness

This two-module introductory training program is designed to help professionals and volunteers understand the immediate and short-term psychosocial consequences of disasters and what behaviors can assist disaster survivors immediately following a disaster. This training is appropriate for anyone who may be part of the disaster response including public health professionals, staff from other organizations as well as community members who volunteer to assist in responding to emergencies. This training can be implemented as a facilitated small group training session or as an individual online training.

Upon completion of this 3.5-hour training program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the mental health consequences of natural disasters and terrorist events.
  • Be aware of mental health effects of disasters including issues related to anxiety, stress and substance abuse as well as resilience.
  • Recognize behaviors that can assist survivors immediately following a disaster.
  • Identify additional training and technical assistance resources for mental health preparedness.

View "Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness" online (and earn a certificate of completion)

Request a copy of the "Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness" Facilitator's Guidebook with DVD by contacting UNC CPHP at 919-843-5561 or cphp@unc.edu

Download Training Materials:

Participant Workbook – you may download the participant workbook as a single file OR as individual handouts

Video Script – may be used for reference by instructors OR to supplement audio script for persons with hearing impairment. The video script is not intended to be used in place of the actual video on DVD.

Links to Mental Health Preparedness Resources