Distress & Mental Health

Distress & Mental Health

  • Around 80% of people experience some form of distress in the first two weeks after experiencing a trauma. Usually, they will be supported effectively by their families and communities and prefer to be supported in this way.


  • A minority, up to 20% of people affected, may develop a mental health problem and will require professional assessment and, possibly, intervention.


  • You should help people understand that their distress is anticipated and is likely part of a normal adjustment process. However, they should seek professional advice if their distress lasts for more than two weeks without diminishing.



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