Responding to Natural Disaster: AACAP's Resources for Parents and Families
In response to the devastation wrought by December's tsunami in South Asia, the AACAP created an online disaster response resource including its Facts for Families and links to disaster response organizations.
For immediate release:
Jan 04, 2005
Jim Wood, Director Development and Communications
202.966.7300, ext. 120, email@example.com
WASHINGTON, DC — The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has posted resources, via www.aacap.org, for parents and families coping with the effects of the catastrophic natural disaster affecting Indonesia, South Asia, and other areas.
AACAP’s disaster resources were created for families struggling with loss and grief, and those seeking to foster a dialogue with their children. They are a starting point in addressing the trauma that affects victims of natural disasters and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychiatric treatment or counseling.
The AACAP’s Facts for Families series is among the most widely accessed series on childhood emotional and behavioral issues in the world. Accessed by parents, the general public and the media from the United States and throughout the international community, the 88 fact sheets are revised and updated every 3-4 years.
Among the AACAP’s Facts for Families:
- Children and the News
- Children and Grief
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Helping Children After a Disaster
- *Talking to Children About Natural Disasters by David Fassler, M.D.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Helping Children Cope With Disaster, from the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine
- American Psychiatric Association Disaster Resources
- American Medical Association's Medical Preparedness for Terrorism and Other Disasters
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- The American Red Cross
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Tips for Talking about Disasters
- National Association of School Psychologists’s Information for School Crisis Teams
Representing over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading authority on children’s mental health. AACAP members actively research, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents, and their families.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading authority on children’s mental health. AACAP members actively research, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents, and their families.
Our Facts for Families, available free of charge on the AACAP website, provide concise and up-to-date information on a wide array of issues relating to children’s mental health. Written in a simple, straightforward manner, these 88 one-page fact sheets are valuable to anyone raising or working with children. In addition, the AACAP routinely refers the media to expert spokespeople on child and adolescent issues, and sponsors The Campaign for America’s Kids – an initiative designed to fund an Advocacy Institute for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, with the goal of mental health for all children.
AACAP Mission: The Mission of the AACAP is the promotion of mentally healthy children, adolescents and families through research, training, advocacy, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, peer support and collaboration.