Resources for Coping with Traumatic Events

The recent tragedy in Orlando has profoundly impacted the lives of those who lost family members, friends, and loved ones. Even those that did not experience an immediate loss may feel anxiety, depression, or hopelessness in the aftermath of this horrible event. The following resources may be useful for physicians or other healthcare workers who may be asked to help their patients deal with trauma or other psychological problems as a result of terrorism or mass public shootings.

Select Books from the Becker Library Collection:

Coping with Trauma: The Victim and the Helper (eBook)

The Crisis Counseling and Traumatic Events Treatment Planner (eBook)

Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment (print book, available at Becker Library)

The Integration and Management of Traumatized People after Terrorist Attacks (eBook)

Terrorism and Disaster: Individual and Community Mental Health Interventions (print book, available at Becker Library)


Select articles from PubMed

(Note: You  may need to be on the WUSM network to access the full text):

Mental health consequences of mass shootings (Trauma, Violence & Abuse)

Multiple vantage points on the mental health effects of mass shootings (Current Psychiatry Reports)

More articles in PubMed related to mass shootings: PubMed Link


Resources to help children:

Trauma through a Child’s Eyes (Print book available in the Family Resource Center (FRC) in St. Louis Children’s Hospital)

When Bad Things Happen: A Guide to Help Kids Cope (Print book available in the FRC)

What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids (Print book available in the FRC)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Mayo Clinic: Helping Children Cope: Tips for Talking about Tragedy

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Disaster Resource Center

If you would like more information about how to help children cope with disasters, please contact the Family Resource Center in St. Louis Children’s Hospital at 314-454-2350, or at


Other Web Resources:

American Psychological Association: Managing distress in the aftermath of a shooting

National Center for PTSD: Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster

Mental Health Resources and Help Lines for the LGBTQ community (from the National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Center for Disaster Medical Sciences: Disaster Mental Health Program

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline