Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events
Disentangling Mental Illness and Violence
A column from the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association examining how psychiatric-mental health nurses can combat misinformation surrounding acts of mass violence and mental illness.
Coping with Grief after Community Violence
A fact sheet from SAMHSA on tips for coping with grief after an incident of community violence, including recognizing the signs of grief and anger, how to cope with grief, and helping children cope with grief.
Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism
From the Office for Victims of Crime, this toolkit provides tools and resources for developing a victim assistance plan that can be incorporated into a community's emergency response plan.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Free and confidential helpline that connects caller to the nearest crisis center for information, counseling, and support.
Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services
SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol that discusses patient assessment, treatment planning strategies, and building a trauma-informed care workforce.
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)
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
From NIMH, a brochure with good advice for communities 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)
Lifetime Exposure to Traumatic Events and Subsequent Posttraumatic Stress among Adults
This SAMHSA study examines the correlation between potentially traumatic events and the occurrence of posttraumatic stress in US adults.
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.
Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide
Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
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.
Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
Supports SAMHSA efforts to prepare local entities to deliver effective mental health and substance abuse responses to 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.
Disaster Substance Abuse Services: Planning and Preparedness
SAMHSA podcast which helps those who work with people who have substance abuse issues understand the importance of disaster planning and preparedness.
Ebola: Info for PMH Nurses
Statements, resources, and information surrounding the Ebola Virus Disease.
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.
SAMHSA's National Guidelines for Mental Health Crisis Care: A Best Practices Toolkit. These guidelines are intended to assist states and communities with the development and implementation of effective crisis services and systems.
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.
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.
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
Assistance for schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student.
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.
The effect of age on children who are grieving and how to help them deal with their grief.
APNA eLearning Center
The following presentations are from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast form. APNA members can use their bonus points to access this continuing nursing education content at little to no cost.
Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer
Information for those interested in becoming disaster mental health volunteers for the Red Cross.
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)
SAMHSA Disaster App
This app offers behavioral health responders immediate access to information for all phases of disaster response.
Greater Impact: How Disasters Affect People of Low Socioeconomic Status
Issue of SAMHSA's Supplemental Research Bulletin exploring how people of low socioeconomic status experience disasters and how to account for these individuals in disaster planning.
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.
Letter in Support of the Gun Violence Research Act
APNA, with the Nursing Community Coalition, supports the Gun Violence Research Act (H.R. 1478). (March 2018)
Letter in Support of National Commission on Mass Shootings
APNA, alongside the American Academy of Nursing, urges Congress to launch a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings. (February 2018)
Press Release: APNA Calls for Increased Access to Mental Health Care to Prevent Tragic Loss of Life
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 other nursing organizations sent a call to action in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT to President Obama, congressional leaders, and the National Governors Association and The United States Conference of Mayors. (pdf)
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