Disaster & Response Recovery | Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc.

Disaster & Response Recovery

Disaster and response recovery is just one example of how QAMH is applying its expertise to improve communities. QAMH’s award-winning program, Resilient Places, equips community organisations with the tools and skills to support community recovery while taking into consideration their unique needs.

Resilient Places

Resilient Places was a QAMH initiative that aimed to strengthen resilience and support psycho-social recovery of people in regions that had experienced disaster.

At the heart of the project was an ethos that local communities will produce their own unique solutions with our help and support. The program works to strengthen resilience at individual and community organisation levels, and today, Resilient Places has evolved to focus not only on disaster recovery, but on disaster preparedness – domestically and internationally.

The program began during the summer of 2010-2011 in response to the impacts of a series of Queensland natural disasters. QAMH sought funding under the Mental Health Disaster Recovery Package to establish Resilient Places, which resourced a localised mental health community coordination project and a state-wide mental health resource hub. Resilient Places had six dedicated Mental Health Community Coordinators operational in more than ten communities throughout Queensland that were highly impacted by natural disasters.

Around the World

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 75 per cent of the world’s mental disorders lie in developing countries, with a staggering 85 per cent of that number not receiving appropriate treatment. WHO advocates for countries to build or transform their own mental health services to promote self-care, informal community care and integrated mental health services into primary health care to create strong community mental health services ahead of hospital-based services. Based on experiences in Queensland, QAMH is embarking on establishing partnerships internationally to share the practical expertise of Queensland community mental health organisations and sector reform.

Resilient Places has international application in strengthening resilience, supporting psycho-social recovery and promoting disaster preparedness in developing regions globally.