Image of distraught man in psychedelic colors

The human experience of trauma is both universal and yet curiously under-recognized as a factor that can influence perception, emotion and behavior. Trauma can effect a person’s ability to cope with everyday situations as well as their ability to form lasting bonds with others. Here you can read about the psychological effects of war and disasters, adverse childhood experiences, torture, sexual violence, and solitary confinement. .

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disaster response and recovery resources

Those receiving and providing assistance can be affected by the distress of a catastrophic natural disaster. Ideal interventions promote the evidence-based principles of Psychological First Aid, including: safety, calming, self- and community-efficacy, social connectedness, and a sense of hope/optimism. Check out this compilation of related resources.

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