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Stress, PTSD, and COVID‑19: the Utility of Disaster Mental Health Interventions During the COVID‑19 Pandemic

Watson, P.

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This article discusses some of the similarities between the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters to inform the development of mental health interventions in crisis settings. Drawing from interventions to provide mental health care during disasters, the authors outline evidence-based practices for multiple crisis settings, including peer-support interventions, skills-building interventions, and online interventions. The goal of these approaches is to increase access to mental health-focused interventions in times of stress and in times where mental health services may be difficult to access, with the goal of preventing or alleviating distress.

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