Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer
Information for those interested in becoming disaster mental health volunteers for the Red Cross. (pdf)
Excerpt from the 2012 American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Handbook on post-deployment support for DMH volunteers. (pdf)
Post-Deployment Stress Self-Assessment
Tool that can help workers evaluate how they are coping during the days, weeks or months following disaster assignment. (pdf)
Managing Traumatic Stress: After a Tornado
Article from the American Psychological Association for persons affected directly or indirectly by tornadoes.
Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Children
Tips parents and others who care for children to help alleviate the emotional consequences of trauma caused by tornadoes or hurricanes.
FEMA: Natural Disasters
Resources for before, during, and after the various types of natural disasters.
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
A webpage from SAMHSA featuring tips for parents, teachers, caregivers and students as well as resources for coping with grief.
Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters Podcast
Podcast with slides that offers tips for parents and other caregivers, teachers, administrators, and school staff.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990
Free and confidential helpline that connects caller to the nearest crisis center for information, counseling, and support.
Community Provider Toolkit
From the VA, a start in the evaluation of individuals at risk for violence. Topics include suicide prevention and risk assessment, safety planning, and materials for clients.
Coping with Traumatic Events
From NIMH, podcasts, resources, and reports on coping with traumatic events.
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events
A guide for parents and educators from SAMHSA. (pdf)
Communities: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
A NIMH brochure for for teachers, clergy, and other adults in the community. (pdf)
Parents: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
From NIMH, a brochure with good advice for parents about how to talk to their kids about a terrible event. (pdf)
Coping with a Traumatic Event
CDC factsheet which provides information on responses to traumatic events, PTSD, and coping strategies for adults and children. (pdf)
Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events
Department of Education brochure with tips on helping students recover from traumatic events. For students, parents, school staff, and others. (pdf)
A Mental Health Nurse’s Perspective on Newtown and Its Aftermath
Blog by Donna Sabella, MEd, MSN, PhD, RN, mental health nurse and AJN contributing editor with tips for acknowledging and processing grief.
Coping with Disaster During the Holidays
SAMHSA & Red Cross factsheet covering typical reactions, recommended actions, and how to seek help. (pdf)
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
Tips from the American Psychological Association for parents to help children manage distress after school shootings.
Mental Health First Aid
From the National Council, a public education live training course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.
From the National Association of School Psychologists:
School Violence Prevention and Response
Listing of resources from NASP on providing support, response and recovery, violence prevention, and NASP school safety and crisis expertise.
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
Tips for parents, teachers, and schools when helping children cope after a national tragedy occurs.
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Tips for parents and school personnel to help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. (pdf)
Death: Dealing with Crisis at School Practical Suggestions for Educators
Information for preparing in advance for a possible crisis, notifying parents, and suggested roles for various school personnel.
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events:
Tips for Parents and Teachers
Tips on how to help children deal with their anger and warning signs of emotional trauma.
Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs
Information for when working with children with special needs who are coping with crisis. Includes triggers and tips for various special populations.
From The KySS Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion:
Information for Parents on How to Help Your Child/Teen Cope with Stressful Events or Uncertainty
Signs of anxiety/stress and developmentally appropriate explanations.
How Can I Help my Child Deal with Loss and Grief?
A listing of various activities to assist a child in adjusting to loss.
How Parents can Help Children/Teens to Cope With Loss and Grief
The effect of age on children who are grieving and how to help them deal with their grief.
APNA Press Release
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Calls for Increased Access to Mental Health Care to Prevent Tragic Loss of Life: In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) calls for swift action to address factors that will increase access to mental health services and help prevent more senseless acts of violence. (December 2012)
Call to Action from Nation's Nurses
APNA and more than 30 other nursing organizations signed on to a call to action in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. It was sent to President Obama, congressional leaders, and leaders of both the National Governors Association and The United States Conference of Mayors. (pdf)
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