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.
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:Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic Events (pdf)
- How to Talk with Your Children about Boston Marathon Bombs – WBUR CommonHealth
- National Center for PTSD: Understand PTSD
- 5 Tips on Talking to Children About Scary News – CNN
- Reminders of Trauma – Anniversaries
Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists, SOFAR Guide – Offers free support services to families and friends of those who served.
National Center for PTSD – Program of US Department of Veterans Affairs
Recognize the Signs of PTSD – US Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers:
Transitioning Service Member Programs – US Department of Veterans Affairs
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: 4/16/2020