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Parent Tips for School-age Children After Disasters
This excerpt from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD's Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide gives an overview of warnings signs that may indicate school-age children are having difficulty coping with a traumatic experience and ways parents can...
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
This toolkit is intended to help high schools, districts, and community partners create and impmlement youth suicide prevention strategies as well as foster positive behavioral health among students. The toolkit can help schools assess their ability to prevent and respond to suicide, identify...
Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting
Written in response to the 2012 shooting in Aurora Colorado, this brief describes psychological impacts that may be useful to consider for families and children in the aftermath of a traumatic event. Topics include posttraumatic stress reactions, depression, physical symptoms, coping and more....
SAMHSA Disaster Training and Technical Assistance Supplemental Research Bulletin
This is the first part of a bi-annual report that informs on new and salient research in the field of disaster response and its effects on behavioral health. The purpose of the Research Bulletin is to provide practitioners, planners and other responders a summary of the most recently published...
SAMHSA's Guide for Getting Through Tough Economic Times
This guide provides practical advice on how to deal with the effects that financial difficulties can have on your physical and mental health. It covers possible health risks, warning signs, managing stress, getting help, suicide warning signs and other steps you can take. Visit Website
Self-Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders Podcast
The goal of this 60-minute podcast is to provide information, best practices, and tools that enable disaster behavioral health (DBH) responders and supervisors to identify and effectively manage stress and secondary traumatic stress through workplace structures and self-care practices. The podcast...
Stress in Children and Adolescents: Tips for Parents
Concerns over changes in family circumstances, such as those caused by financial strain or a disaster situation, can cause stress. Children can be affected directly by changes in their family
Supporting Children/Youth During the Holidays in Times of Stress
For many of us, the holiday times are an exciting and joyful period. But for families and communities in stressful situations, the holidays can be particularly challenging, evoking anxiety, feelings of loss, disappointment, and grief. This brief identifies some warning signs that children are...
Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Information for School Clinicians
The Maryland School Mental Health Alliance created this brief for school clinicians that defines trauma, provides signs and symptoms of someone experiencing trauma, ways to help individuals cope, and special issues in working with stress in trauma survivors. Download Brief (PDF, 65 KB)