Programs and Organizations -

National Institute of Mental Health -

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -

Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy -

The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute -

PTSD Foundation of America -

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress -

National Child Traumatic Stress Network -

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) -

National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA)

HelpProTherapistFinder -

National Center for PTSD

American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI)

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

British Columbia Justice Institute

Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA)

Gift From Within

Green Cross

Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation

The Sidran Foundation -

Addiction Resource -  - Our goal at Addiction Resource is to provide a wealth of information to help better educate people about substance abuse and motivate the ones who may be suffering to seek the support they need.  We believe in our ability to help improve the lives of others, and belief is what motivates us to educate and support our readers every day. 


Responding to Mass Casualties

Resources for Survivors and Community Members

Resources for Responders and Behavioral Health Providers

Resources for Spanish-Speaking Populations:


General Resources for Individuals Impacted by Traumatic Events

Coping with disaster: Helping children with cognitive disabilities - Impact


Healing after trauma skills (H.A.T.S.): A manual for professionals, teachers, and families working with children after trauma and disasters - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) 


Restoring a sense of safety in the aftermath of a mass shooting: Tips for parents and professionals - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USUHS, CSTS)


Crisis Response videos from R3C

Link to YouTube series "Inside Crisis"


Life Space Crisis Intervention

Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a nationally recognized, professional training and certification program sponsored by the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute of Hagerstown, Maryland.

LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. This non-physical intervention program uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving. LSCI provides staff a roadmap through conflict to desired outcomes using crisis as an opportunity to teach and create positive relationships with youth.

For Help Selecting Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Programs

Most individuals experience some confusion regarding insurance coverage, state-funded options, private-pay facilities and many other financial aspects that arise when seeking help. The goal of this site is to help spread awareness and help people make informed, responsible decisions in their moment of crisis. The ‘Financial Guide’, ‘Informed Decisions’ and ‘Other Providers’ sections all explain in detail what nearly every other treatment resource avoids explaining. Rehab can be affordable, and there are many effective options other than rehab such as therapy and outpatient services.

PTSD Recovery Meetup Groups

PTSD Anonymous

PTSDA is a concept for a peer-to-peer, mentor networking forum to discuss the everyday struggles of living with PTSD (TBI, MST, and other military related issues) and to explore possible solutions with others in a safe and caring environment.  This highlights our veterans’ and families’ strengths to work together and care for others at the community level.  They are already properly trained and highly experienced to working in teams and helping themselves.

PTSDA is not a clinical program.  PTSDA meetings are not intended to be “group counseling” sessions.  We do not discuss the details of actual events.  Those discussions are best left for counseling or therapy. Many soldiers and veterans, however, attend PTSDA meetings as a supplement to their counseling sessions and other treatment activities.  It is envisioned that spouses, significant others (S/Os), and mature family members may want to have their own defined sessions also. All Meetings are strictly confidential, peer run and no-cost to participants. No rank/position; last names, attendance, reports sent, notes, "war stories", command or court-ordered appearence allowed. "PTSD isn't about what's wrong with you!   It's about what happened to you!" - Jim Davis, CEO, Veterans for Change

PTSDA wants to: 1) Invite more volunteer mentors and meeting coordinators to serve on PTSDA’s current Board of Advisors, to assist in running the PTSDA web site, and to recon new meeting locations, times and population bases,

and 2)Increase organization-to-organization links and coordination with other community based military/veterans assistance programs willing to support the PTSDA concept. 

Visit PSTDA at:

Point of View - PBS Documentary on PTSD "Of Men and War", streaming now (May 30- June 2016)

The H.U.G.S. Program, H.U.G.S. Helping Understand Grief & Trauma Sessions

The objective of the H.U.G.S. Training Program is to address the needs of traumatized and bereaved students who are socially and educationally struggling. The implement of a trauma and bereavement group will address the emotional boundaries that these students are experiencing. Releasing these emotional boundaries will allow these students to resume educationally and emotionally in a healthy manner.

Christine Dernederlanden, CTSS, CTR, is the founder of Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief resource Centre. Christine is the award winning author of "Where is Robert?", the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01, "H.U.G.S." Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions and her recent release "Where is My Courage?" 

For more information contact Christine Dernederlanden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)  

STAR is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that began in 2001. STAR brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted individuals and communities. STAR is for individuals and organizations whose work brings them in contact with populations dealing with current or historic trauma: mental health, medical and legal professionals, clergy, educators, peacebuilders, humanitarian, human rights and development workers -- all those who need to be trauma-informed in order to do trauma-sensitive programming.

STAR offers three (3) comprehensive trauma and trainer-focused trainings that offer CEUs and CE credits.

For more information about the program or to register for trauma-focused trainings, please visit:

Chaplains on Hand

Chaplains on Hand offers 24/7 spiritual comfort and support to anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. It was created for those facing illness and grief and for caregivers. The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network runs the site. Individuals will find information and be able to chat with a chaplain and submit a prayer request. Twelve chaplains from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths - all board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains - are available. According to their motto, they will help anyone, "whoever you are, whatever you believe." To connect with a chaplain, log on to (or call 844-242-7524 toll free in the US). The service is free.

Addiction Center   

Addiction Center is not a specific treatment facility, instead we are a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. As you know, mental health issues and substance use disorders often co-occur. In fact, SAMHSA estimates that nearly 9 million adults have both a mental illness and chemical dependence. Given the difficulty of diagnosing dual conditions, more than half of those individuals do not receive treatment for either disorder. Our goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery support.

A-Z Guide to Alcoholism and Depression.
This article can be found here. 
Apps for Smart Phones

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App (Free)

Offers first responders immediate access to field resources for aiding disaster survivors. Has the ability to search for and map behavioral health service providers in the impacted area, review emergency preparedness materials, and send resources to colleagues.


PTSD Coach  - (The National Center for PTSD App)

This is a pretty comprehensive, well designed, free app that allows users to pre-select friends & support networks; favorite, calming pictures and music.  It offers info about PTS; a self-assessment tool; guided techniques, suggestions for managing symptoms and a place to find resources.The heart of this app is of course the symptom management.  It randomly shuffles a breathing exercise; progressive relaxation; some plain but decent ‘positive imagery’; a cognitive behavioral intervention called RID; and quite a few suggestions for distraction, grounding and changing attitude/perspective. Altogether, this is a pretty complex and sophisticated app that offers a lot of strong interventions in a fairly simple, user-friendly way.  The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma.

eCBT Trauma -

This ambitious prolonged exposure app allows end users to assess their PTS symptoms, learn relaxation and grounding practices, identify and log their thoughts and feelings, challenge their assumptions and reduce the emotional charge of triggers through progressive exposure exercises.  That’s a lot to expect from an app, being as how a lot of prolonged exposure recipients bail on a live therapist, but even if people only do the relaxation and grounding aspects, they’ll be ahead of the game.  It also provides access to directories for finding local therapists, support groups and educational information on PTS.

Breathe 2 Relax  - 

This is an impressive app that teaches about breathing and stress management, offers a demo of diaphragmatic breathing, and guides a deep breathing practice that can be individually set to your preferred music, video scenery, breathing intervals and the like.  It also provides a pre- and post-exercise stress rating capability. 

T-2 Mood Tracker - 

This app encourages better self-attunement and connecting with feelings by allowing end-users to rate their moods, track and graph their results over time, and send or save status reports on any combination of their:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • General Well-Being
  • Head Injury
  • PTS or Stress

PTSD Eraser - 

This app is a simple guided meditation using deep breathing, locating where stress is held in the body, and imagining blocked energy releasing and flowing again.  It’s really a simple audio intervention with no interactivity, but it’s decent, non-emotional imagery that won’t trigger unwanted reactions from the listener.

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Articles, Information and Additional Resources

Why Do Ski Towns Have Such an Alarming Rate of Suicides?

Social Worker Burnout information - how to practice long term self-care while working in the mental health industry.

Support and Resources for Shooting Victims In Lafayette, LA and other traumatic incidents

Transcendental Meditation – PTSD

SAMHSA Disaster Recovery Kit - (Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Resource)

Arms disaster recovery workers with a toolkit on mental health awareness. Includes materials for responding effectively to the general public during and after a disaster and in dealing with workplace stress. Also includes materials for the general public.

Access the Disaster Kit right on your smartphone with the award-winning SAMHSA Disaster App. Learn more and download the app. Organizational Links


Smoking and Mental Health - The American Lung Association


Mental Health and Substance Abuse



Living Life Fully, What is Mental Health?

Mental Health Recovery!

PTSD Documentary

A documentary on the possible causes, effects and potential treatment of PTSD told through the stories of three brave veterans.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resilience

PTSD resilience (prevention and bouncing back) psychology of trauma. Preventing trauma (resilience training) and managing trauma such as PTSD and recovery with Mark Walsh from Achilles. Practical techniques for preventing and treating psychological trauma are given.

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Books and Publications

Understanding PTSD

No Open Wounds - Heal Traumatic Stress NOW (Complete Recovery with Thought Field Therapy)

Dr. Robert L. Bray PhD. is an expert in the treatment of Traumatic Stress, Crisis Intervention, Survivor Support, as well as many common Anxieties and Phobias. His book, No Open Wounds-Heal Traumatic Stress NOW is available at his website:, and in either print or e-book formats. $19.95 + tax & shipping, where applicable. Robertson Publishing. To contact Dr. Bray, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Art of Grieving The Death of a Child by David Labrum and Judy Jones. Published by St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, Indiana

Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice -- Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body by Miriam Taylor

Therapy with traumatised clients can be fraught with problems and therapists working with these clients seek greater understanding of the specific problems they encounter. Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice weaves together neuroscience research and the experience of trauma, taking a fresh look at how original Gestalt theory informs our current understanding of trauma therapy.

Print ISBN: 978-0-335-26309-7 | EBook ISBN: 978-0-335-26310-3

March 2014| Print GBP 28.99 To order: or contact: Bryony Waters, Senior Product Manager, Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sidran Foundation - includes Traumatic Memories Brochure and PsychTrauma Glossary.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages - Comprehensive information and resources.

Coping with violence and traumatic events

Resources for caregivers, parents, students, responders and health professionals

Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery.

Created from best practices following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Published by New York Disaster Interfaith Services, 2007, The Reverend Stephen Harding, BCC, STM, Editor. Workbook for NYC religious leaders.

Screening for PTSD

National Institute for Mental Health

National Disaster Interfaiths Network