Useful Websites for Responding to Mental Health Issues in the Aftermath of War,
Hurricanes & Other Disasters
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)—provides
Crisis Response Teams (CRT) to communities within 24 hours of a request. CRTs
1) Help local decision-makers identify all the groups at risk of experiencing
trauma, 2) Train local caregivers who are to reach out to those groups after the
CRT leaves, 3) Lead one or more group crisis intervention sessions (also known
as “debriefing”) to show how those private sessions can help victims start to
cope with their distress. www.trynova.org,
(703) 535-NOVA; hotline: (800) Try-NOVA (879-6682)
Capital Area Crisis Response Team (CACRT)—comprised
of Washington DC Metropolitan Area volunteer crisis interveners, educators,
mental health workers, victim assistance specialists and allied professionals,
the CACRT provides direct services free of charge to any community or group that
requests support in the aftermath of traumas such as workplace shootings,
homicides, fire, large-scale accidents, school violence, suicide, and
terrorism. www.cacrt.org, (202) 425-6022
The American Psychological Association’s Disaster
Response Network (DRN)—is a national network of volunteer psychologists with
training in disaster response who offer volunteer assistance to relief workers,
victims and victims’ families after manmade or natural disasters. The more than
2,000 members work mostly with the American Red Cross through state-based DRNs.
Action Without Borders—sponsors the Idealist.org
website with a link on its front page entitled “Help for Disaster Victims.”
This site has a wealth of resources and links to other resources and
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies—has
a number of public education resources.
World Health Organization (WHO)—focuses on people
exposed to extreme stressors and serves as a technical resource and
standard-setting body for those assisting resource-poor communities.
Christian Children’s Fund (CCF)—has a link on its
front page entitled “Resources for Relief Professionals.” There are a number of
useful documents related to children and development and psychosocial support.
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)—provides
downloadable resources for how humanitarian assistance and community development
can better contribute to building cultures of peace and social justice. Trauma
and Recovery brochures are available in several languages, as are suggestions
for helping children, reports and curriculum developed by expert conferences.
www.psysr.org, (202) 543-5347