A piece the author wrote for cnn.com upon the release of the 33 trapped miners in Chile is presented. The author anticipates rather than psychological problems such as post traumatic stress, most if not all of the rescued miners will show resiliency.
33 miners became trapped underground in a mine collapse in Chile. A rescue tunnel will not be expected to be completed for at least 3 months. In order to anticipate the psychological issues which they may experience, similar situations of people being isolated for prolonged periods in the space program, submerged submarines and in Antarctica expeditions are reviewed. Various recommendations to maintain mental health during and after this ordeal are also discussed.