Potential impacts on mental health

The toolkit does not cover all mental health impacts, which include mental health problems and social well-being, positive mental health and psychological health. It is mainly mental health problems that have been documented along with certain aspects of well-being and positive mental health. Furthermore, tools related to other indicators of interest in post-disaster surveillance are presented, in particular medication use and alcohol and drug use concerning the following effects:

  • anxiety symptoms;
  • depressive symptoms;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms;
  • psychological distress;
  • immediate impact of the trauma (peritraumatic reactions);
  • well-being;
  • functioning and disability;
  • quality of life;
  • social support;
  • alcohol use;
  • drug use;
  • medication use;
  • use of mental health services.

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How to cite: Canuel, M., Gosselin, P., Duhoux, A., Brunet, A., et Lesage, A. (2019). Post-Disaster Mental Health Impacts Surveillance Toolkit. Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Found at https://www.inspq.qc.ca/en/publications/2676(link is external).