Use smartphones to deliver disaster mental health services in Asia

Smartphones and other mobile devices could help improve the delivery of mental health services in Asia before, during, and after disasters, according to a paper written by a Yale Department of Psychiatry resident.

Kunmi Sobowale, MD, a first-year resident, writes that in Asia, where natural disasters are common, researchers have recorded new onsets of symptoms or conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder after earthquakes, tsunamis, and mudslides. However, there are not enough psychiatrists in the region to treat people’s mental health needs after disaster strikes.