Secondary Stressors

Secondary Stressors

  • The risk of wider social problems such as issues with housing, employment, relationships and mental health increases in an emergency or after a trauma, and the effects of disasters can be prolonged.


  • Some traumas begin a chain of events that may continue to cause distress. These problems can cause people more stress on top of the original trauma. This is called a secondary stressor.


  • It is important that interventions and social support are in place to help people deal with these sources of stress, adapt and recover.


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