New Article: Will Japan Face A Mental Health Crisis?

“As a researcher–but also as a mother and grandmother–I want to share some important lessons I learned from Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.” So writes Evelyn Bromet, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York in an editorial on CNN.com. “First, the psychological ‘fallout’ of the radiation leaks will not just be widespread. It will also be long-lasting. Government officials and physicians should therefore be straight and open with people about their exposure, should treat mental and physical health problems with equal respect and care and should understand that mental and physical health go hand-in-hand. Second, even when the next disaster happens in another place in the world, the victims in Japan should know that we will always remember their painful experiences and they are not suffering alone.” See Professor Bromet’s entire editorial here.

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