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Children's Mental Health Needs Must Be Addressed In A Crisis

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Mental Health and Crisis

As the nation begins recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina, it is imperative to consider both the physical and emotional needs of children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Children who have been displaced by the flood face many losses such as the loss of home, familiar surroundings, a supportive school or daycare community, peers, prized possessions, and potentially, loved ones.

Studies conducted after the events of September 11 showed that mental health needs among children were widespread and persistent, but often went unrecognized, and in the vast majority of cases, untreated.