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From the World Health Organization
November 21, 2001

Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope

JAMA. 2001;286(19):2391. doi:10.1001/jama.286.19.2391

As I write these words in mid October I reflect on the way in which we have, during the past 4 weeks, expressed our shared grief in understanding, sympathy, and support for those affected by posttraumatic stress. We are reminded of the extraordinary ability of humans to cope with extremes of emotion, to help each other, and to handle fear, pain, and loss. We work together to preserve our mental health. We see nothing wrong, or mysterious, in our coping mechanisms. But we do not expect people to have to cope alone, in isolation. We understand the need for help and guidance.