Managing mental health in the midst of disaster.

An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. 

After a disaster, counselors and mental health professionals spring into action. Their task? Aid people with the sometimes long and invisible recovery that takes place following a traumatic event. Psychologist James Halpern joined Marketplace Business News to discuss the role of mental health professionals following a disaster. Read more: http://bit.ly/2kh52sN https://www.marketplace.org/2017/12/15/life/managing-mental-health-midst-disaster

The Signs and Symptoms of PTSD.

Suffer a car collision, physical assault, long-term abuse, a natural disaster, living in a war zone? PTSD could be an issue. Discover 10 signs and symptoms now. According to mental health professionals, post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a mental condition that results in a series of emotional and physical reactions in individuals who have either witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Events that cause the individual to fear for personal life and wellbeing—such as a car collision or other accident, a physical or sexual assault, long-term abuse, torture, a natural disaster, living in a war zone, or life-altering experiences like the death of a loved one—can all spur the following PTSD symptoms.

http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/the-signs-and-symptoms-of-ptsd/?utm_campaign=AB_FBK_US_DESK&utm_ad=6097040202825&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=mdo_us_d

Disaster Distress Anniverary Coping Tips.

If you’re struggling with the upcoming 5 year anniversary of the #SandyHooktragedy, the Disaster Distress Helpline has coping tips: http://1.usa.gov/1N1XaVE You can also #TalkWithUs at 1-800-985-5990.

Need for therapist volunteers at Del Mar Fair Grounds to help with those traumatized by the SoCal Fires.

URGENT: There is a dire need for therapist volunteers, at Del Mar Fair Grounds to help with those traumatized by the SoCal Wildfires. The Red Cross therapists couldn’t make it and there are victims with acute trauma symptoms, without support and facing loss. If anyone is interested please email Namrata Rindani McMahill at namtalkstherapy@gmail.com. Spanish speakers are needed but there are interpreters present as well

How counselors help survivors of terrorist attacks and other tragedies.

President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo arrive at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay their respects to the victims after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference early on Monday, November 30, in Paris.

An important step in counseling people affected by tragic events is to help them realize that their emotions are normal. The ultimate goal is for survivors to regain a daily routine. Read more at http://ow.ly/UO94b or at http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/17/health/how-counselors-help-survivors-of-terrorist-attacks/index.html?utm_source=hootsuite

Prepare now for a disaster.

When parents tackle difficult conversations, they let their children know that they are available and supportive.

With the threat of hurricanes and severe weather, now is a good time to think of how you can successfully prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. It’s human nature to think the odds are in our favor and disaster won’t strike us. The reality is that at some point we all face some type of emergency for which a little advance planning can be enormously helpful. Disasters may be out of our control, but each of us does have control over our preparations and responses. Being prepared can provide a sense of control about your ability to manage the unexpected. It’s human nature to think the odds are in our favor and disaster won’t strike us. The reality is that at some point we all face some type of emergency for which a little advance planning can be enormously helpful. Disasters may be out of our control, but each of us does have control over our preparations and responses. Being prepared can provide a sense of control about your ability to manage the unexpected. Read more at http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx