Sobowale K, Torous J. Disaster psychiatry in Asia: The potential of smartphones, mobile, and connected technologies. Asian journal of psychiatry. 2016 Aug;22(22). 1-5. PMID: 27520886 [PubMed]
Disaster mental health is recognized as a crucial part of disaster preparedness and response. Despite the commonality of disasters in Asia, many countries face formidable barriers to a rapid and robust mental health care response. Mobile technologies can alleviate the immediate suffering and reduce onset of chronic conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. This article explores the role of mobile technologies to improve mental health before, during, and after disasters in Asia.