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.