July/August 2021 JEH: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
Journal of Environmental Health (Volume 84, Number 1)
Editor's Note: The National Environmental Health Association strives to provide up-to-date and relevant information on environmental health and to build partnerships in the profession. In pursuit of these goals, we feature a column on environmental health services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in every issue of the Journal.
In these columns, authors from CDC's Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, as well as guest authors, will share insights and information about environmental health programs, trends, issues, and resources. The conclusions of these columns are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC.
Finding a New Normal: Helping Adolescents Cope After Natural Disasters
Sabrina Riera, MPH, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vivi Siegel, MPH, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
During summer 2017, the U.S. and its territories were struck with three major hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—within the span of one month. The damage caused by these storms was devastating, leaving widespread flooding, power outages, and interruptions to everyday life for millions of people. The mental health impact of these storms was severe and adolescents were not exempt from these mental health impacts.
This month’s column explores the stress that can affect the mental health of adolescents after a natural disaster and healthy coping strategies that can help adolescents find resilience and hope during difficult times.