Jul 20 2012

Building a Resilient Community: Resources in the Aftermath of the Colorado Shooting

Several mental health organizations and government agencies have announced online or telephone resources to help citizens and professionals  cope with worry, fear, anxiety and stress in the aftermath of the Colorado shooting at a movie theater early this morning that has taken at least 12 lives and injured dozens more:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a web portal dedicated to disaster response with resources for direct victims and the larger community.
  • Mental Health America, a national advocacy and education group on mental health issues, has developed guidelines and a fact sheet  to help facilitate discussions about the tragedy.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration provides immediate crisis counseling and help to people in the US coping with the shooting incident in Colorado, or any other disaster. The helpline operates 24/7 and connects callers with trained professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The helpline can also be accessed by text (Text: TalkWithUs to 66746).
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has a helpful fact sheet on post traumatic stress disorder after a disaster.
  • UPDATE: One of our commenters shared resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which is funded by SAMHSA. See the comment below for more details.

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Tags: Mental Health, Mental and Emotional Well-Being, Public and Community Health, Violence, Violence and Trauma