American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
APA Section on Positive Psychology of the Counseling Psychology Division (17)
The Section on Positive Psychology of Division 17 of the APA encourages, promotes, and facilitates contributions to research, teaching, practice, and public interest in positive psychology. According to the section website, “Positive psychology involves an attempt to move toward a more positive and appreciative perspective regarding motives, capacities, and human potential.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serves as the national hub of efforts to develop and apply disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities to improve the health of the people of the United States.
This site, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH), was created to help girls (ages 10–16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics about which girls are concerned and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and nonthreatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends at school and at home.
HHS Office on Women’s Health
The HHS OWH was established in 1991. According to its website, its vision is “to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. women and girls.” Its mission is to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex- and gender-specific approaches. OWH achieves its mission and vision by developing innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness. Part of Mayo Clinic’s mission is to serve as a reliable source of health information.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. With more than 320 affiliates nationwide, it represents a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the Nation.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment, and unceasing belief in NAMI’s mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI’s greatest strength is the dedication of its grassroots leaders and members.
National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA), the Nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3.2 million members work at every level of education—from preschool to university graduate programs. The NEA is dedicated to helping professionals working with the Nation’s children. It supports every level of involvement with schools from volunteers to superintendents.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work—a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.
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International Consortium for Organizational Resilience
The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience was founded to empower professionals with the skills that will allow them to embed the culture and systems of resilience into their organizations and communities.
National Resilience Resource Center
The National Resilience Resource Center (NRRC) assists school, community, and organizational leaders in enhancing capacity to tap natural, innate health or resilience of youth, families, communities, and systems. This operating philosophy is grounded in resilience research spanning more than 50 years in a wide variety of disciplines. The primary NRRC strategy for tapping resilience has been developed from a best practice known as Health Realization.
Organizational Resilience International
A global crisis consulting and disaster mitigation company, Organizational Resilience International provides human impact preparedness consultation and training, human capital development, and human impact response and recovery services to organizations and communities of all sizes.
Raising Resilient Children Foundation
The Raising Resilient Children Foundation through the Resilience Project disseminates information to assist adults in raising, supporting, and developing stress-hardy children.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians across the United States committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
American Association of Retired Persons
The American Association of Retired Persons is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. The resources found on the health and stress pages include ideas for understanding stress, coping with stress, and other strategies regarding what to do in stressful times.
American Institute of Stress
The American Institute of Stress is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to serve as a clearinghouse for information on all stress-related subjects. It maintains a constantly updated library of information and reprints on all stress-related topics culled from scientific and lay publications.
This HHS website has a large section dedicated to stress management.
International Stress Management Association
The International Stress Management Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world a less stressful place. It seeks to advance the education of professionals and students, facilitate methodically sound research in several professional interdisciplinary stress management fields, and improve human welfare by providing the tools to understand and manage stress.
National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) is the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. There are seven divisions across the country. Its purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of American veterans. NCPTSD conducts cutting-edge research and applies resultant findings to advance science and promote understanding of traumatic stress.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education.
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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.