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Resiliency of Wenchuan (4)

(People's Daily Online)

09:44, May 12, 2013

The growth of social work service

Xiang Mei arrived in Lushan four days after the quake, leading a team of five social workers from Qichuang Social Work Service Center, and started the preliminary assessment over psychological status.

Compared with Wenchuan five years ago, the situation in Lushan was much more comforting. “At least I’m still alive and have the strength to rebuild my home,” Xiang was told.

Xiang and her colleagues were involved in the entire process of psychological rehabilitation in Wenchuan county’s Shuimo town.

Five years ago in Shuimo town, social workers found that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) troubled most students. The students had difficulties in sleeping at night, lost appetite or overreacted to rain in darkness and other natural phenomenon.

Social workers reported PTSD cases to teachers and organized activities to mend students’ hurting soul and help them adapt to new environment. Four-year psychological intervention paid off and students in Shuimo town have resumed normal life.

The involvement of profession and timely psychological rescue would relieve trauma as much as possible although the complete psychological recovery was always a long way to go.

“We will use what we gained in Wenchuan to rescue youngsters in Lushan,” said Xiang.

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