Disaster Relief Mental Health Resources: Community-Based Interventions and Implications for the Middle East

  • Rachel AlvarezEmail author
  • Patricia A. Findley
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


The purpose of this chapter is to review disaster relief community-based mental health resources. The goal is to learn how these resources can be adapted to encompass a community-driven perspective. It examines evidence-based best practices in disaster relief on both a national and community level. These practices will be specifically related to recovery and relief efforts in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy, but will be discussed in a broader context of implications for the Middle East. A foundation of community-based participatory research and critical consciousness will be used as a framework to develop potential interventions that will empower the community to acquire tools that will aid in their recovery.


Mental Health Vulnerable Population Cultural Competence Collective Efficacy Disaster Relief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkRutgers University, The State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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