Psychosocial support teams of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services provided treatment to a total of 105 thousand 207 people after 15 disasters and emergency cases that occurred in 2020. In the last 7 years, psychosocial support services were provided to 536 thousand people.
The psychosocial support activities carried out by the Ministry in cooperation with relevant institutions and organizations have great importance in determining the needs of citizens after disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires in terms of minimizing the effects of their trauma.
3 thousand 118 psychosocial support professionals currently working in the different provinces of Turkey, to the help the citizens in major disasters and emergency incidents that occurred in 2020.
In this context, psychosocial support teams stepped in after Elazig / Malatya earthquake on January 24, Manisa earthquake on January 25, avalanche disaster in Van on February 4, Pegasus plane crash on February 7, Van earthquake on February 23, Bingöl earthquake on June 14, floods in Düzce on June 19, Bursa on June 21, Istanbul on June 23, the earthquake in Van on June 25, The explosion at the fireworks factory in Sakarya on 3 July, the floods in Rize on 13 July, the floods in Giresun on 21 August, the forest fire in Hatay on 9 October, and İzmir on 30 October.
Teams of social workers, psychologists, psychological counselors and child development specialists provided support to a total of 105 thousand 207 citizens in 27 thousand 406 households affected by disaster and emergency events.
On the other hand, after 137 disasters and emergency incidents in 2013-2020, 7 thousand 242 professionals took part in psychosocial support activities. Experts provided psychosocial support services to 536 thousand citizens during this period.
In their services, psychosocial support teams, which make one-to-one interviews with citizens affected by disasters and emergency events, primarily determine the needs of citizens and implement regular support programs in line with these needs.
Developing special programs for people who survived a disaster, who lost their relatives in disasters and special needs groups such as the elderly, disabled, women, babies and children, enabling disaster victims to make sense of the process they go through and bring their lives back to normal, and information activities for parents are also among the target audience of psychosocial support teams.