Behavioral Health Resources


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has new resources to support individuals, communities, and responders in dealing with the Ebola outbreak. Resources include new Tip Sheets on coping with stress and talking to children about the Ebola epidemic, a letter from SAMHSA Administrator, Pam Hyde, and a new Ebola-focused Disaster Behavioral Health information Series collection.

SAMHSA resources

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks »  Equips parents, caregivers, and teachers with tips for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak, such as Ebola. Explains reactions children, preschool to adolescence, may have and the support adults can provide to help them.

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks »  Offers tips people can use to cope with stress during an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as Ebola. Explains common signs of stress, how to recognize when to get help, and practical ways to manage and relieve the stress by taking care of oneself.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focusing on the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus »  Helpful series and links for organizations, agencies and other resources that address Ebola planning, preparedness, and response.

SAMHSA’s resources for Ebola responders provide information to help responders maintain their own self-care before, during and after their deployment »  Effective disaster preparedness and response are an essential part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) public health approach to building resilience and recovery. Given the magnitude of the trauma and suffering responders will be exposed to, it is also critical that they maintain their own well-being before, during, and after their deployment. Disaster responders can experience a variety of issues related to disaster response, including responder stress management, compassion fatigue, and post-deployment reintegration to home and work life. As this epidemic in West Africa continues to unfold, the need for useful, appropriate, and current psycho-educational resources are vitally important.