Psychological Recovery after Hurricanes Irma and Maria September 2017 on St. Maarten
– Insights, Information and Experiences from the field
We are proud to publish this document about our findings and learnings on experiencing and recovering from a hurricane, with specific focus on the psychological aspects in this matter. Click here now to access it:
Document APAP Psychosocial Recovery after the hurricanes on St. Maarten final version
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 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)