On August 4, 2020, a devastating explosion ripped through Beirut. Already reeling from economic challenges and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Lebanon may have another, less visible mental health crisis due to this traumatic event. Most victims will experience different and lingering forms of emotional distress such as anxiety, sleeping troubles, concentration issues, and survivor guilt that will impact their ability to return to normality.
In this viewpoint, Booz Allen leaders discuss the phases of response that survivors go through in the aftermath of a traumatic event like the Beirut explosion. They also outline coping and prevention strategies to counter the emotional distress experienced by trauma survivors, responders, and even witnesses.