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Disaster Resources
for Mental Health Workers

Natalia J. Garland

It has been four years since September 11, 2001. Four years without another attack on America. Are we safer, or are we getting closer to the next attack? Let us always be prepared. Today I am offering some resources to help mental health workers be prepared to do their jobs, and also take care of themselves and their families. I will present some printed material which you can order for free, and then I will list some useful websites.

Here are some related materials that you can order from SAMHSA. You can go to their website at, or call them at 1 (800) 789-2647.

  • Across Borders: Reaching Out to Iraq. This is from SAMHSA News, Vol.12, No.3. (Item No.MS949)
  • Depression, PTSD, Substance Abuse Increase In Wake of September 11 Attacks. This from NIDA Notes, Volume 17, Number 4. (NIH Publication No. 03-3478)
  • Developing Cultural Competence in Disaster Mental Health Programs.
  • Impact of September 11, 2001 Events on Substance Use and Mental Health in the New York Area. (Item No. PHD1034)
  • Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guidance.

The following is a list websites and webpages which provide instructions and tips on how to manage various types of disasters.

Next, here are some online articles and booklets on the psychological impact of terrorism.

Finally, after the hurricane and flooding disaster in New Orleans, I decided to add some resources on natural disasters.

Knowing what to expect and what to do can help us all work together in the event of any kind of disaster: natural, accidental, or terrorist. (Written 09/05/05)

[Broken links were last repaired on 01/07/09.]

Until we meet again..............stay sane.

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