The Haiti Earthquake Aftermath: Meeting Emotional and Psychological Needs

Monitoring, Capturing, Sharing, Mapping, and Giving Visibility to the Mental Health Efforts in Different Regions in Haiti


"Rebati Santé Mentale" Haiti is a non-profit organization dedicated to the overall goal of establishing an effective mental health capacity in Haiti, that is an integral part of Haiti health services, policy, and funding, and that provides evidence-based systems, delivery, and treatment strategies.

"Rebati Santé Mentale" is the logical result of the Haitian Mental Health Summit that was convened at the University of Miami on June 26, 27, 2010. That Summit itself resulted from the impetus and urgent necessity for an organized coalition of international mental health professionals to: a) assess the preexisting and post disaster mental health situations of the population in Haiti and in the Haitian Diaspora; b) develop specific strategic goals and action plans for working collectively in addressing mental health needs of Haitians; and c) create a network of mental health professionals and stakeholders aimed at addressing behavioral health needs of Haitians.

The Summit was attended by representatives from the Haitian American Psychiatric Association (HAPA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), New York University (NYU), the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, the World Psychiatric Congress (WPC), the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the University of Miami School of Education, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, the Haitian Ministry of Health, Partners in Health, the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA), the American Association of Black Psychologists, and several Haitian mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers) practicing in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Canada, and Haiti.

Prior to "Rebati Santé Mentale," charges of carrying out the recommendations of the Summit were delegated initially to a Task Force of 25 members. Two face to face meetings (October 2010 and February 2011), again at the University of Miami, in addition to several teleconference calls, allowed the Task Force to discuss and begin implementation of the Summit recommendations. "Rebati Santé Mentale" was conceived as one professional and legal way to proceed with the tasks at hand.

Scaling Up Mental Health Services

Rebati Presentation in French

RSM Board Members:

Marie-Claude Rigaud, MD, MPH - Co-Chair

Jocelyne B. Pierre-Louis, MD - Co-Chair

Marie Guerda Nicolas, PhD - Board Secretary

Richard Douyon, MD, Board Treasurer

Ginette Dreyfus Diederich, MD

Ronald Jean Jacques, PhD

Marjorie Clermont Mathieu, PhD

Jean Tropnas, MD

Marc Vitale-Herne, MD

Claude Manigat, MD

Myrtise Kretsedemas, SW

Elder Thebaud, MD

Ralph Saintfort, MD

Roger Mallary, MD

Jeanny Girard, MD

Marie Rose Samuela Jasmin, MD, MPH, RN, BSN

Advisory Board:

Annelle Primm, MD, MPH

Joan Tropnas, PhD

Amalia Buendia Vitale–Herne, MD

Eric Pierre –Jerome, SR RN BA

Arshad Husain, MD

Ramona Tascoe, MD MHSA, MDiv