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Resources for Survivors and the Public Following Sudden Trauma


Resources for Survivors and the Public Following Sudden Trauma

Sudden traumatic events or disaster can lead to injury, death, and psychological distress. Events in the media can also trigger reminders to past events. This page links to information to help survivors and loved ones deal with the stresses that come with sudden trauma.

Providers please see our Resources for Providers: Responding to Sudden Trauma page.

Handouts for Disaster Survivors

  • Survivor Handouts Psychological First Aid
    These handouts, from the Psychological First Aid manual, cover topics such as what to expect after a disaster, tips for adults, tips for parents dealing with children, and the value of social supports.
  • Disaster Mental Health Treatment
    Learn about the types of care used after disaster to help survivors and communities recover.

Learn About the Effects of Sudden Trauma

Learn About Common Reactions to Trauma

Disaster Relief Resources

  • Disaster Relief: Web Resource Links
    How to give or obtain help following a disaster. Includes links to the International Center for Disaster Information, the Red Cross, and more.

Other Resources

Tools to Help with Symptoms Following Trauma

  • PTSD Coach App
    Use this mobile app to learn about and cope with symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Available in iOS* and Android.* Also see the Canadian version (in French, iOS).*
    Choose from 17 tools and learn to manage trauma reminders, sleep issues and other troubling symptoms following trauma. Available to anyone on the internet.

For Providers and First Responders: More information and resources are located on our page Resources for Providers: Responding to Sudden Trauma in the "Professional" section of our website.

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