The Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) offers help to people who were affected by the September 19 earthquake on the border between Morelos and Puebla.
The coordinator of Centers for Training and Psychological Care, Silvia Morales Chainé, reported that 122 volunteers made up by professors, undergraduate and graduate students of this faculty attend the population free of charge due to the emergency.
Assistance is provided at sites such as shelters, hospitals and disaster stages, as well as telephone help at 5622-2288.
In order to carry out this action, the Faculty of Psychology was coordinated with the Civil Protection Unit of the National Autonomous University of Mexico so that the brigadistas can go to the 54 points located in the City of Mexico where the aid is needed.
She said that support began in the Faculty of Psychology after the earthquake, when a general hysteria arose, "so teachers and some students began to give psychological first aid to youth affected”.
"We managed to recover their mental health condition, as well as an organization and calmness to start helping Mexican society”, said the university academic.
She stressed that after the earthquake, teachers moved to hospitals, shelters and, curiously, there has been much more help than the need for support; "We have had three or four psychologists for every person who requires it".
The program is in charge of the director of the Faculty of Psychology, Germán Palafox, in coordination with the rector of the UNAM, Enrique Graue Wiechers.