COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Healing for Health Workers: Building Mental Health Capacity in Post-Maria Puerto Rico
Commitment by Americares Foundation, Inc.
In 2018, Americares committed to support health workers, emergency responders, and social service providers in Puerto Rico to address mental health challenges in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Mental health has emerged as a serious unaddressed need following Hurricane Maria, and individuals in these professions are at an increased risk for psychosocial issues due to their dual role as care providers and survivors of the hurricane. Working with partners, Americares will train these workers to increase their own resiliency and coping skills in order to avoid job burnout and manage stress effectively. Americares will also train these individuals to better understand, identify, and respond to the mental health and psychosocial needs of their patients and clients and will equip them with skills including Psychological First Aid, identifying the signs of trauma, and suicide prevention. Over the next 18 months, Americares will extend this training to 5,000 health workers, emergency responders, and social service providers across the island.