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During a crisis tremendous psychological stress and an increased social burden can often be devastating for health care workers and some members of the public who may be directly touched by the pandemic influenza.

Psychosocial issues are not only felt by those who take ill; distress permeates through the family, community and beyond. It is therefore important that psychosocial issues are addressed to ease the strain on the public and healthcare workers.

Plans and Guidelines

Psychosocial Plan for Healthcare Workers (PDF 434K)

Interim Psychosocial Plan for the Public (PDF 259K)

Other Resources

World Health Organization
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies, General information related to most emergencies

Public Health Agency of Canada
The Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector; Annex P - Pandemic Influenza Psychosocial Annex

Provincial Emergency Program
A Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) power point presentation on personal and family preparedness with definitions of disasters, how to prepare you and your family, pets, neighbourhood plans and what to put a preparedness kit.