Community mental health in emergencies and mass disasters: The tel-aviv model

Nathaniel Laor*, Zeev Wiener, Smadar Spirman, Leo Wolmer

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Mass disasters are widespread and intensive, affecting individuals, families, communities, society, and culture. Mental health services must play a crucial role in order to meet non-routine challenges that put basic professional issues to the test both in theory and in practice. In the Tel Aviv Model, responsible planning is based on a broad system of mediators and activities during normal times, supplemented by intervention personnel and techniques set in motion during emergencies. This operation is coordinated with municipal and governmental support systems, which must be aware of the importance of comprehensive and flexible emergency systems for treating the population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Trauma of Terrorism
Subtitle of host publicationSharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781136747052
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Disaster
  • Emergency
  • Mental health
  • Municipal


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