On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,
former first lady Rosalynn Carter urged nations and communities
to revise public response plans for terrorism, natural disasters
and other large-scale tragedies to include strategies for dealing
with post-traumatic mental illness and grief.
“No country is immune from the problem of mass violence,”
Carter told the World Federation for Mental Health in London on
Sept. 11, 2002. “We must prepare ourselves for future disasters.
The mental health world will have to fashion preventive strategies
for broader audiences.”
The issue was revisited at the 18th annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium
on Mental Health Policy in November, where former New York Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani joined some 200 leaders of national mental health
organizations to evaluate the aftereffects of the terrorism acts
against New York and Washington.
“We’re going to have to deal with events like Sept.11
in the future,” Giuliani said. “The idea of bringing
together experts in mental health is a very big contribution to
the security of this country.”