The School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo has developed a Web site that offers online information and resources for professionals and the general public who are having difficulty coping with the Sept. 11 attack and its aftermath.
The site, which can be found at www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/Trauma.htm offers information on the various reactions people may be experiencing, ranging from shock, anxiety and fear, to difficulty making decisions and sleeplessness. It also offers suggestions on how people can cope with their reactions.
It provides a discussion of the impact of the tragedy on children, and offers suggestions on how to talk to them about the attack and how to reassure them. The site looks at common reactions children have to traumatic events and ways to help them deal with the tragedy.
The site also offers information on the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, as well as the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress. And it emphasizes the importance of taking care of oneself by getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals, trying to stick as much as possible to regular routines, seeking support from others and taking time to reflect on what has happened.
In addition, the site lists links to agencies and to resource materials that may benefit people struggling with the emotional impact of the disaster, including how to cope with the general tensions and depressions resulting from the attack and a clinical referral service on how to find a qualified therapist.
- Jane Kwiatkowski