Trauma and violence are widespread, harmful, and costly public health concerns. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes individual trauma as resulting from "an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening, and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being."

Helpful Websites to Access:

National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD, and Suicide Prevention

The National Center for PTSD

Crisis Reaction to Abnormal Situations

Ways to Help Someone Who Has Experienced Trauma

Helpful Brochures:

Common Reactions to Traumatic Events

Tips for Survivors of Traumatic Events