Hurricane Expo St. Maarten 4th of August 2018
Members of APAP were present during the Hurricane Expo at the Belair Community Center, organised by the government of St. Maarten in conjunction with the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry. During this meeting the Association got time to stimulate awareness concerning the psychological part of preparing (or recovering) from a (natural) disaster. Some pictures and some additional information that was shared during this event are uploaded here to inform you as well! Make sure you are prepared, not only your house and belongings but also yourself to make it through when everything gets out of control. What do you do to stay in control? FEEL, LISTEN, CARE!
Planning new activities
Every month supervision and board meeting take place. The dates and times will be made available to the members.
Public Service Announcements after the Hurricane(s)
Shortly after the hurricane and in the new year a Public Service Announcement (PSA) was recorded by APAP. Maybe you already heard it on the radio and/or saw it on our Facebook page.
Our goal was to inform the community on St. Maarten during the recovery process to take good care of themselves. Awareness of the psychological effects of being in this situation is the start point in our opinion to be able to prevent psychological problems where possible.
We ask you to listen to the message and spread the message where possible!
First PSA (soundclip):
Second PSA (movieclip):
In the last months several radio interviews took place. They were mostly related to the psychological part of experiencing a natural disaster. Here are some links of radio shows that you can still listen to online:
'Now You Know'-radioshow with APAP
Recently some members of APAP were guest at the 'Now You Know'- radio show from Valerie van Putten. Did you miss it? Don't worry, you can listen to with this link!Check it out, share, let others know so the message and information can be spread to all that need to hear!Geplaatst door APAP: Association for Psychologists and Allied Professionals Sint Maarten op Vrijdag 24 november 2017
In the last few weeks some news items and articles concerning the psychological well being of the people on St. Maarten after the hurricane have been aired and published. For example one of our members was interviewed for a documentary program from the Netherlands (Zembla) that was recently aired.
You can watch this TV-program here:
The Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Kajsa Ollongren addressed this issue also in the Second Chamber in the Netherlands: that the focus should not only be on the material aspect of the reconstruction, but also on the immaterial aspect, to help the people in dealing with the emotional consequences of the hurricane.
The following article gives a more nuanced overview of the message what our member was bringing over in Zembla, that is the amount of people who can experience psychological distress at this moment is significant and that this topic needs sufficient attention on the island (it is written in Dutch)