There are many resources available on the Web for social workers and counselors providing help to farm communites following a disaster. For help, see some of the following Web sites:

      The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800) 789-2647.

      CMHS developed KEN for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. KEN staff listen and respond to questions from the public and professionals. KEN staff direct callers to Federal, State, and local organizations dedicated to treating and preventing mental illness. KEN also has information on Federal grants, conferences, and other events."

    Disaster Mental Health:

      Crisis Counseling Programs for the Rural Community is on-line.

      The National Association for Rural Mental Health organizes conferences, publishes a newsletter "Party-Line" plus a journal.

      The Resources for Rural Ministry, although based in the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, provides information that may be of help to rural social workers regardless of their location. A section on resources lists people to call for more information.

      The American Psychological Association's web page "Warning Signs of Trauma Related Stress

      Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site A service of the Psychology Department of James Madison University. Targeted to Virginia disaster intervention efforts, the site is also helpful for disaster workers in other regions. Included is on-line information, links to other resources, tools for teachers, school counselors, parents, clergy.

      Tools for Disaster Stress Intervention includes on-line brochures and articles , including some in Spanish, about coping with disasters for victims and disaster workers. Sample forms, including a Crisis Counseling Individual Contact Sheet are included.

      Information about FEMA and other crisis counseling grants, the application process, and application forms are also provided.

      In addition, Resources to help children including an on-line disaster diary and a web page enabling children to share their stories and experiences on-line are also provided.

      Extension Disaster Education Network provides a guide to disaster-related information available from EDEN members, FEMA, and other disaster organizations and agencies. This database is designed for use by extension agents and educators, but is open to the general public. Each state takes responsibility for entering and maintaining information on their own resources. The searchable EDEN database resides at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you select Search, you will be transferred to the UIUC site.


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