Designed to fit into a wallet or pocket, this item lists signs of depression and urges people to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if they are having trouble coping after a traumatic event such as a disaster. It may be a useful item for response workers to provide to disaster survivors, particularly at group events where they will not be making individual referrals, but where survivors can take the information with them to share with others.
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This toolkit describes acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder and the risk factors associated with trauma. It also describes interventions that can be used in times of crisis. Near the end of the toolkit is a list of related resources.
The Crisis Text Line serves people across the United States experiencing any type of crisis and provides free, 24/7 emotional support and information through texting with a live, trained specialist. Individuals in the United States can access the Crisis Text Line by texting "HOME" to 741741. Responders can make disaster survivors aware of this resource.
The C-SSRS is a short questionnaire that can be administered quickly in the field by responders with no formal mental health training, and it is relevant in a wide range of settings and for individuals of all ages. The website provides information about the C-SSRS, also known as the Columbia Protocol, including the history of its development and how it can be used.
The Trevor Project provides trained crisis counselors to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 24 years and younger who are suicidal or in crisis. The Trevor Lifeline is free and available 24/7 at 1–866–488–7386. Crisis counselors can also be reached by texting "START" to 678678 or via online chat. Disaster response workers may want to make the community of survivors aware of the Trevor Project as a resource to LGBTQ youth.
The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is the nation's first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available via telephone (1–800–985–5990) and SMS (text "TalkWithUs" to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline's website provides information on disaster distress as well as on suicide prevention.
This half-day training teaches individuals ages 15 years and older steps to identify people with suicidal thoughts and connect them to resources for help and support. Provided by trainers at locations across the United States and in Canada and Australia, safeTALK training costs money to complete; cost varies by training location. safeTALK may be helpful to disaster response workers in assessing survivors for suicidality and assisting them in finding the support they need.
After a disaster or other potentially traumatic event, emergency medical services (EMS) providers may encounter people with thoughts of suicide or who have attempted suicide. This 8-page information and tip sheet guides EMS providers in reducing the risk of suicide among those they serve, responding to people who have attempted suicide, and supporting survivors of suicide loss.
The Department of Homeland Security website for first responders provides a portal that allows Federal, State, local, and tribal first responders to easily access and leverage Federal web services; information on resources, products, standards, testing, and evaluation; and best practices in a collaborative environment.