“We know our colleagues may be called upon to deal with the mental health consequences that may arise from this traumatic event, and we are confident they will meet this challenge,” said APA President Jeffery Lieberman, M.D., in an accompanying letter.
“We are interested in being helpful, not only to those directly involved, but to the wider community as well,” said Avram Mack, M.D., WPS immediate past president, in response.
The Navy quickly set up an emergency family assistance center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. In addition, children’s emergency response teams and school-based mental health clinicians from the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health (DCDMH) responded today to requests for help from schools in the area. “We are working with the D.C. Office of Victims Services and other District government agencies, the FBI, and the American Red Cross on longer-term services for families,” said DCDMH Director Steve Baron, L.C.S.W.
APA’s Disaster Psychiatry web page contains links to important information on coping with the mental health aftermath of disasters and tragedies. The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., also sent out relevant information sheets, including one on workplace violence.
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