National PTSD Awareness Day (June 27, 2012)
To bring greater attention to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the United States Senate designated June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day, now in its third year.
According to the National Center for PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder resulting from a traumatic event (including sexual and physical assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, and combat and military exposure) that is life-threatening to the individual and/or to others. Among the feelings the event can trigger are fear, confusion, and anger.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is proud to observe National PTSD Awareness Day, and offers the resources listed below to help educate individuals, families, professionals, policy makers, and communities about the significant impact that PTSD has on men, women, and children.
- Featured NCTSN Resources
- For Children and Adolescents
- For Families and Communities
- For Mental Health and Victim Services Professionals
- For Policy Makers
NCTSN Service Systems Speakers Series: Creating Trauma-Informed Child-Serving Systems: Pediatric Health Care
―A presentation by Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, on PTSD within the context of pediatric medical trauma.
Topics include the framework needed for a trauma-informed service system; relevance of traumatic stress for healthcare providers; prevalence, impact, risk factors, and mechanisms of pediatric medical trauma; opportunities for intervention to treat and prevent traumatic stress related to medical traumas; and training and resources available for heathcare providers.
NCTSN Terrorism, Disaster and Children Speaker Series: Treating Children After Disasters
Topics focus on assessing and treating PTSD in preschool children, school-aged children, and youth following a disaster. The presenters discuss developmental issues, parent issues, assessment, and treatment.
Understanding Child Traumatic Stress (2005) (PDF)
>En Español: Entendamos el estrés traumático infantil (PDF)
This brochure condenses the material in Understanding Child Traumatic Stress webpage and presents it in an easily printable format. We live with dangers every day. As children and adolescents grow up, they continually learn about different types of dangers. We are always looking for ways to make our lives safer. However, traumatic experiences sometimes happen, both within and outside the family.
- Resilience for Teens: Got Bounce? (2011)
Discusses ways to deal with problems from being bullied to the death of a friend or parent. Written for teens, the guide offers ten tips for building resilience.
- The Impact of Invisible Injuries: Helping Your Family and Children [for Military Families] (PDF)
Provides a list of signs and symptoms, typical in children who live in families with parental injury, which may indicate a need for professional assistance. Includes action steps families can take to help their children understand, manage, and cope with the parental injury, along with links to other resources.
National Center for PTSD
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD was created in 1989 by a congressional mandate to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD. The center’s mission is to “advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.”
- PTSD in Children and Teens
Includes an overview of how trauma affects school-aged children and teens, and information on treatments for PTSD in children.
- The Epidemiology of Trauma and Trauma Related Disorders in Children and Youth (2008) (PDF)
―PTSD Research Quarterly, by John A. Fairbank, PhD (co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress).
Reviews general population studies, disaster research, child maltreatment studies, and special population studies that report the prevalence of PTSD in children, adolescents, and young adults.
- Treating PTSD and Related Symptoms in Children: Research Highlights (2008) (PDF)
―PTSD Research Quarterly, by Judith A. Cohen, PhD, of Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents.
Presents highlights from the [then] current literature on outcomes of treating PTSD in traumatized children. The issue also includes an article on the work of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (p. 8).
- Understanding PTSD (PDF)
Helps explain PTSD including its symptoms, along with effective treatments and suggestions on when and how to access help. Includes accounts from individuals who have received help for their PTSD and links to other resources including crisis assistance.
- Very Young Trauma Survivors: The Role of Attachment
Discusses rates of trauma-related problems in infants and young children, along with treatment options.
- Comforting Children in a Disaster (2011)
Offers suggestions for helping children cope with the sudden stress that can occur during and/or after disasters. Includes ideas for what to say, how to overcome obstacles, how to increase children’s resilience, and when to call a professional.
- Coping with Traumatic Events
Offers resources to first responders, health professionals, students, schools, parents, and the general public on coping with traumatic events, particularly mass trauma.
- Children and Trauma: Update for Mental Health Professionals (2008) (PDF)
Provides a brief overview of PTSD and trauma in children and adolescents, with information on how mental health professionals can help children, adolescents, and their families cope with and recover from trauma. Also offers links to other resources.
- The Invisible Injuries of War: Impact on Military Families and Children [Fact Sheet for Providers] (PDF)
Includes a list of signs and symptoms, typical in children who live in families with parental injury, which may indicate a need for professional assistance. Also offers action steps that healthcare providers can offer to families to help their children understand, manage, and cope with the parental injury.
- PILOTS [Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress] Database
Electronic index to worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental-health consequences resulting from exposure to traumatic events. Access is free to the public.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: The Management of PTSD in Adults and Children in Primary and Secondary Care (2005) (PDF)
Provides guidelines developed by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, PTSD sufferers, and guideline methodologists on the treatment and management of PTSD, with recommendations based on the best available evidence.
- Fatherhood in Recovery: Fathers, Families and PTSD (PDF)
Explains some of the consequences to the family when the father has PTSD including domestic violence and substance abuse. Includes information on how to recognize, understand, and cope with PTSD; and offers interventions that can make a difference in the lives of these families.
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
- A Guide to Private Funding to Support Child Traumatic Stress and Other Traumatic Stress Initiatives (2007) (PDF)
Presents tools and technical assistance resources to help program developers and community leaders develop financing and sustainable strategies for raising the standard of care, and for improving access to services for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families.
National Child Trauma Stress Network
- Child Traumatic Stress: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2008) (PDF)
Educates policy makers on the scope and impact of childhood trauma, provides effective solutions that can be implemented with the support of informed public policy, and includes links to additional resources.