Emergency Resources for Mass Events

Following the event in Orlando… resources:


Disaster Distress Helpline: Overview

* The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.

Behavioral Health Resources re. Incidents of Mass Violence

Disaster Distress Helpline

* The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline  website has a page dedicated to Incidents of Mass Violence distress risk factors and warning signs + resources for coping http://1.usa.gov/1FoyCwz that can be added to any online resource web pages created in relation to an incident.

o @Distressline 1-800-985-5990 / text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 offers 24/7 emotional support for anyone in distress after shootings in #Orlando

o @Distressline 1-800-985-5990 distress warning signs & coping resources following incidents of mass violence http://1.usa.gov/1FoyCwz #Orlando


* SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Responder App http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/disaster/
* SAMHSA Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers http://1.usa.gov/1D8mkrW
* SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center’s Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series: Resources for behavioral health providers, others supporting those impacted by terrorism: http://1.usa.gov/1XQ6cLb

Additional Resources

* The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) compilation of resources for parents, caregivers & educators re. terrorism http://bit.ly/1OjMXpG

* American Psychological Association (APA) Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting http://bit.ly/1dO88P8
* Common Sense Media Explaining the News to Our Kids http://bit.ly/1rkqho2

Tips for parents and caregivers regarding talking with kids about current events, broken down by developmental stages (young children to older teens). [Common Sense Media is a national organization led by concerned parents and individuals with experience in child advocacy, public policy, education, media and entertainment.]


In addition to the great resources from the Disaster Distress Helpline, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has several resources that might be helpful:

National Library of Medicine Resources:

MedlinePlus Coping with Disasters: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/copingwithdisasters.html

Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/coping.html

Searches on Disaster Lit®: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

· Health care tools and information for surge response https://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?pgSize=100&search=Search&searchTerms=Surge%20NOT%20%28Zika%20OR%20Ebola%29

· Resources for the professional response workforce on shooting incidents: https://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?pgSize=50&search=Search&searchTerms=Shooting

· Self-care and coping resources for journalists https://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=Dart&search=Search&search=Search from the Dart Center: http://dartcenter.org/


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