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Behavioral Health

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This page contains resources for supporting the mental and emotional health needs of children and families before, during, and after a disaster. Resources may be helpful to families, community planners and child care partners, or healthcare system partners. For example: Disaster behavioral health resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

American Psychological Association—Scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Enter the search terms, disaster + children, for a collection of resources, articles, and information.

CDC Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event—Centers for Disease Control and prevention web page with trauma and disaster mental health resources.

FEMA Helping Children Cope with Disaster—This booklet offers parents, caregivers, and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disaster.

National Association of School Psychologists—Association that supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth. The site contains information for parents and educators on coping with crisis and disasters.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement—The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) aims to promote an appreciation of the role that schools can play in supporting students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network—Established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. The site contains resources for parents and caregivers, schools, policy makers, professionals, and the media. Check out the resources under "Trauma Types" for natural disasters and terrorism.

Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope—American Academy of Pediatrics web page with resources for providing psychological support to help ensure that health care facilities, medical providers, and adults who may be in a position to help are prepared to meet the emotional needs of children and help to mitigate mental health consequences of disasters.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources - SAMHSA web page that provides disaster preparedness and recovery resources for professionals who assist individuals and communities in coping with disaster. Including resources for children as a population group.

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