Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a psychiatric disorder than can occur following the experience or witnessing of an emotionally traumatic experience or life-threatening event. Sufferers of PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping and results in significantly impairing the person’s daily life.
Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts / Veteran’s Hotline
Resources for Dealing with Trauma:
- SAMHSA guides for students, families, teachers and other caregivers as well as first responders and health professionals
- Riverside Trauma Center: Talking with your Children About Traumatic Events (pdf)
- Riverside Trauma Center: Children and Trauma (pdf)
- Riverside Trauma Center:Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic Events (pdf)
- How to Talk with Your Children about Boston Marathon Bombs – WBUR CommonHealth
- PTSD – The Basics
- 5 Tips on Talking to Children About Scary News – CNN
- Reminders of Trauma – Anniversaries
PTSD ARTICLES on accidents, grief, healing & recovery, police and EMT related ,coping with national tragedy, treatment and veterans PTSD and survivor’s guilt.
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
3803 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists, SOFAR – Offers free support services to families and friends of those who served.
National Center for PTSD (Program of US Department of Veterans Affairs)
They also offer a fact sheet on Mental Health – PTSD
Save Initiative: State Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment
24 hour Hotline: 888-844-2838
Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Hotline
Phone: 800-273-TALK x1 0r 800-273-8255 x1
Fact Sheet last updated on: 12/13/2016