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Chilean Miners Likely to Have Mental Health Needs

Posted on Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:33
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Around the World people celebrated as the Chilean miners, trapped underground for nearly two months, were rescued. The miners seemed in surprisingly good physical health but the effects on their mental health are yet to be established. Over the next 6 months the miners will receive regular medical checks to monitor the appearance of any stress-related illnesses. It is expected that some will suffer flashbacks, anxiety and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder but may be unused to asking for help. The men will also have to deal with the pressures of becoming internationally famous.


Dr Peter Collett, an Oxford-based psychologist, said:

"What they don't realise is that if they thought it was hell down there, it's going to be nothing compared with what they are going to experience. This will overshadow everything else that has ever happened to them and everything that happens in the future. Events like this recalibrate people and give them a new perspective on life. They will feel like different people and it is critical that they are helped to understand the feelings and experiences that are coming."

Throughout their ordeal, the miners and their families have been supported by a team of 23 local psychologists and will be given every assistance in readjusting to their new lives.

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