Pandemic and Global Crisis
“Millions of people every year are caught up in disasters, conflicts, wars and health epidemics. They suffer from injury, death, loss of home and family, and more. Worldwide, the figure was 142 million people affected by 724 disasters in 20072. Adding in conflicts and diseases would greatly increase these figures. These events occur with social and psychological consequences that often undermine people’s ability to carry on with their lives. The main characteristic of the problems faced by these people is a feeling of loss, i.e.:
• Loss of personal relations and material goods
• Loss of opportunity to generate an income
• Loss of social cohesion
• Loss of dignity, trust and safety
• Loss of a positive self-image
• Loss of trust in the future Whilst most people (80-90%) will recover fully from a disaster, transient psychosocial problems may well be present, however the majority of people will recover without intervention.
Although often not as immediate, the psychological impact of these disasters can be just as devastating on the short and long term”
TEN LESSONS TO BE TAKEN FROM THIS CRISIS.
IDEAS FOR A DEBATE
We propose to friends and interested experts the main lines that our civilization can develop in the post-pandemic era. We do so from the experience gained in our work in the Autonomic and National Governments as well as with the projects we have developed with the European Commission and with Universities, the activities carried out in the Executive Committees of International Organizations such as the World Federation for Mental Health and participation, of some of us, in various United Nations assemblies.
These are some of the people who have contributed to the preparation of this document, or who have expressed their agreement with its content.
Patxi Etxebarria, Alicia Ozamiz, Luis Rivera, Leena Helela, Jacki Sewell, Ian Grant, J. Manuel Alvariño, Jean Pierre Kankelongo, Mario Marrone, Zhang Zhiyong, Victoria E Eusse, Agurtzane Ortiz, Vapu Taipale, Ilka Taipale, Andrés Saez, Juha Labikainen, Pablo Serrano, Almudena Garrido, J. Agustin Ozamiz, Iñaki Markez, Mikel Palacios.
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