Mental Health Aspects of an Emergency Response

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Time: 1:00pm (Eastern Time)


Disasters can cause a wide range of mental health problems. Emergency responders, public health officials, and community leaders often need to consider mental health and spiritual care to help people cope. This webinar featured CDC’s Rebecca Bitsko, PhD, who talked about the mental health aspects of emergency response, and National VOAD’sExternal Kevin Ellers, D. Min., who discussed spiritual care following an emergency.

Webinar participants and viewers will accomplish the following:

  • Develop or increase their understanding of how emergency events affect mental health.
  • Learn how responders can help people cope by addressing mental health and spiritual care needs.
  • Learn about where to go for more resources and a more advanced learning of mental health and spiritual care during and after disasters.

Call Slides: View NowCdc-pdf
Webinar: Watch NowCdc-media

Rebecca Bitsko, Ph.D.
Chair, CDC Mental Health Workgroup

Kevin Ellers, D. Min.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Territorial Disaster Services Coordinator, Salvation Army Central Territory

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ( – Member Resources:

  • Members of the public who hold a community leadership role,
  • Emergency responders, and
  • Others who may need to help people cope with a disaster
  • Contact Information:
  • Support/Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communication Branch
  • Method of Participation: You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees: None. EPIC webinars are free.
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