The whole world attended to the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines earlier this year. As the story fades from the headlines, the vast populations whose lives have been over turned are still struggling to recover and adapt. Experience tells us that approximately 14 million of them will carry the invisible burden of post-traumatic stress disorder, which can interrupt that recovery, interfering with children’s capacity to concentrate on schooling, with parents’ capacity to care for their families, and with workers capacity to contribute their skills, at the very time when these capabilities are most needed. In the absence of effective treatment, some sufferers of PTSD turn to dangerous forms of self-soothing which can result in drug addiction or alcoholism.
These issues were on the minds of all those who attended the 2nd EMDR Asia Conference in Manila in January, including our Executive Director Carol Martin. While there she had the opportunity to meet with the Philippine Psychological Association, Philippine Psychiatric Association and Salubong to assess the needs of the area and to discuss how Trauma Recovery/HAP can partner with these organizations to provide essential assistance. In addition, to the conference Trauma Recovery/HAP also hosted an EMDR Weekend 1 workshop for over 100 clinicians including the National Director of Mental Health for the Philippines. This workshop ensured that thousands of trauma victims will be healed in the coming year by the trained clinicians. However, many more clinicians asked to be trained and there is much more to be done to help the millions who are suffering in the Philippines.
Trauma Recovery/HAP needs your support in order to continue to provide training and services to those in need. We ask you to give urgent consideration to the need in the Philippines and to this exceptional opportunity to address it by donating to our International Fund.