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Mental Health Care Must Remain Priority Within Disaster and Emergency Response Profession

The need to address mental health support is heightened where there is the possibility of experiencing traumatic events. Overall, Veterans Affairs reported that, from 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate in the general United States population among males was 19.4 per 100,000, compared to 4.9 per 100,000 in females. There are a fair amount of people who face adverse complications long after experiencing a disaster, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study from the National Comorbidity Survey showed that PTSD was significantly associated with suicidal ideation or attempts. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has also reported that high levels of intrusive memories can predict the relative risk of suicide.

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