Hurricane Harvey Psychological Support for Victims

by Real Medicine Foundation
Hurricane Harvey Psychological Support for Victims


Disasters like Hurricane Harvey devastate young and old, partners and families, immigrants, refugees, and native residents alike. These people have lost their homes and businesses or are first responders who experience their own trauma. Real Medicine Foundation has an excellent track record in psychotrauma support and is collaborating with Organizational Resilience International (a partner since Hurricane Katrina) to implement a 3-phase psychotrauma support project for affected communities.

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Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas on August 25, 2017. 350,000 people, many uninsured, have registered for disaster assistance. Personal resilience is critical in the moment of rescue, but when the magnitude of loss sinks in, feelings of being overwhelmed and distraught often leave survivors feeling confused, lost, and alone. For many, the fear, trauma, and loss experienced during Hurricane Harvey will result in emotional scars that may last for years to come.


The project focuses on communities in the affected area to help minimize the "psychological disaster after the disaster." For the next 12 months, RMF will support first responders, children, and adults and work with schools, faith-based groups, and businesses to provide screening and assessment, psychosocial support, counseling, public education (including parent education on child trauma and response strategies), community strengthening activities, and information and referral services.

Long-Term Impact

Long after the water has receded and homes have been rebuilt, the stress and anxiety that accompany disasters of this magnitude will remain. Research indicates that suicide rates, substance abuse, and violence frequently increase in the aftermath of community-wide disasters. Putting life back together in the form of a "new normal" is an emotionally overwhelming process. In the short-term, this project is a disaster response, while its community strengthening will have a long-term impact.


Organization Information

Real Medicine Foundation

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Twitter: @realmedicine
Real Medicine Foundation
N'Deane Helajzen
Project Leader:
N'Deane Helajzen
Los Angeles, CA United States

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