This resource collection was created in response to the overwhelming amounts of stress that Americans are reporting, made evident in the 2008 American Psychological Association report, Stress in America. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resilience and Stress Management Resource Collection can be utilized during any situation, whether it is dealing with financial stress, recovering from a natural disaster, or coping with the loss of a family member or friend. The collection provides a knowledge base for understanding the concept of resilience, as well as the concept of stress and stress management. It emphasizes stress management as a promoter of resilience and the importance of fostering resilience to be psychologically prepared when stressful life events occur.
Materials included in this collection are among the best available from national and professional sources, and they collectively address the concept of resilience and promote preparation for stressful times and understanding of the foundations of stress and effective coping strategies for many of life's challenges. The collection contains tips for dealing with stress when internal defenses are not enough, and, more importantly, it helps people recognize the signs of when professional guidance should be sought. This collection will be updated as new resilience and stress management techniques become more evidence-informed and advances are made within community-based programs.
This collection is organized into several main sections:
SAMHSA Tip Sheets
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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Care-Givers.
Immediate Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy-Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS)
This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on first responders and, currently, Hurricane Sandy.