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New Reference Guide Available: "COVID-19 Resources for Psychiatrists & Other Health Care Professionals"

To say this has been a stressful time would be an understatement. We know that news and information have been thrown at you from all angles, and it can seem overwhelming to sort through the countless emails and websites. You've probably asked yourself a dozen times, "Where do I begin?"

To help you save time and get back to doing what you do best - caring for patients - NCPA has created a new reference guide, "COVID-19 Resources for Psychiatrists and Other Health Care Professionals." The purpose of this Google Doc is to serve as a "living," comprehensive information source. Spanning a wide range of topics and issues relevant across many practice settings, this guide will be continually updated as more changes are announced day by day, and sometimes minute by minute. 

Disclaimer: Because this is such a rapidly evolving situation, please keep in mind that some information may be outdated by the time you read it. We are doing our best to update the document as quickly as possible.

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Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources

Resources for psychiatrists for their roles in responding to disasters and mass traumas. Psychiatrists provide valuable medical experience and expertise for preparing and responding to disasters and mass traumas. It is important to understand how psychiatric care can be integrated into disaster response systems in order to effectively provide medical assessment, treatment and consultation.

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Helping Children Cope with Disasters

Children are not exempt from psychological impacts caused by man-made or natural disasters. Understandably, many young children may feel frightened and confused. Fortunately, most children, even those exposed to trauma, are quite resilient.

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Become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer

The American Red Cross provides disaster training for mental health professionals, including online modules.

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Coping After Mass Trauma

The effects of traumas and disasters can have tremendous psychological impacts on those who are affected directly and indirectly. Affected individuals may have various stress reactions that present psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. However, there are steps that individuals can take for themselves and their families to mitigate and lessen the psychosomatic impacts felt by the community at large and those involved in the event.

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