Summer Planning Toolkit modules

Module 2: Caring for vulnerable populations

People who experience mental health conditions

People who experience mental health conditions

It is common for people to experience feelings of distress during and after an emergency. For most, these feelings will reduce with time. 

People with pre-existing mental health conditions (including those with depression, schizophrenia and those who engage in harmful use of alcohol and/or drugs) are particularly at-risk during emergencies, as they often require uninterrupted access to basic needs and clinical-care.  The onset of an emergency can bring about or compound acute conditions such as grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol use and depression and anxiety 14.