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Coping Resources

National Institute of Mental Health Coping with Traumatic Events Resources
This website provides resources on mental disorders that may be related to or affected by exposure to violence or traumatic events; helping children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and depression. Visit Website
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you or someone you know is feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Visit Website
New Program Offered to Train People in Peer Listening
Area mental health experts say Gulf Coast residents may be more prone to depression and other emotional problems this season because of this year’s devastating oil spill and continued economic woes. This article discusses a new training program designed by Steve Picou, implemented after the...
Oil Spill Distress Banners/Buttons for School Websites
One easy way to share Oil Spill Distress resources with your community is to add to the home page or resources section of your school or school district's website a link, button, or banner that connects to the Oil Spill Distress website (
Parent's Guide for Helping Children in the Wake of Disaster
These guidelines were developed to help caregivers identify and address signs of adjustment difficulties in children who were not directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. They are designed to mitigate the upsetting effects of explicit media coverage and suggest ways to talk to children about their...
Practice Guidelines: Core Elements for Responding to Mental Health Crises
Practice Guidelines: Core Elements for Responding to Mental Health Crises, defines appropriate responses to mental health crises. Developed by a diverse expert panel that includes individuals with and without serious mental illnesses, the crisis guidelines promote two essential goals:
Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide
The Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, is an evidence-informed modular intervention to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. PFA is designed to reduce initial distress caused by disasters, and to foster short- and long-...
Recover After a Disaster
The American Red Cross disaster recovery homepage features tips on recovering emotionally and financially, along with tips for checking your home, utilities, and other major systems after a disaster. The website also contains links to additional resources on preparing for or recovering from...
Resilience Research in Children
The Penn Resiliency Program (PRP), designed by our research team, is a group intervention for late elementary and middle school students. The curriculum teaches cognitive-behavioral and social problem-solving skills. This website provides an overview of the PRP, previous evalutions and findings,...
Resiliency-A Paradigm Shift for Schools
This newsletter addresses the benefits of thinking about the resiliency of children, rather than their risk factors and draws our attention to some of the levers that schools and social agencies can affect. In addition, it reviews some proven strategies that can work in schools and communities....