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Community Action for Spiritual and Emotional Needs

WebMD Looks at Health Repercussions
Pastoral Training and Financial Support to Mobilize CARE
Nation's Medical Societies Produce Web Page in Response to September 11 Disaster
Rabbinical Assistance/Synagogue Services for New York City Families
Widowed Persons Service Program
Emotional Support for Children Who Are Disaster Victims
Emotional Support Services For Victims of Air Crashes

Government Resources to Help You Cope
Helping Children
Where To Turn
Catholic Charities to Help Disaster Victims
Help In Coping

Helpful Handouts Ready to Print
Support for Military Families
Help In Virginia
United Methodist Church Offers Pastoral Care & Assistance
Aid for Survivors of Law Enforcement Officers
Website to Help You Overcome Fears, Especially Flying

Free Psychological Services for Victims of the Attack on America

Free Advice on Funerals and Grief Relief
Support for Those Who Have Been Touched by Aircraft Accidents
Free Bereavement Services for Grieving Families
Free Support for Parents who Have Lost a Child
Support for Parents and Other Survivors
Free Bereavement Camps for Children and Teenagers
Bereavement Services At Cost For Jewish Victims Of Disaster

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Assistance
Grief Recovery Online Assistance
Help for Those Suffering from Depression and Anxiety
Free Guidebook for Clinicians
Free Resources for Dealing with Workplace Trauma
1000 Licensed Psychologists Donate Their Services
Free Counseling for Children in PA, NJ, and DE
Aid for International Survivors
Help for Grieving Teens
Free Creative Grief Therapy
Support Group for Twins
Support Group for Parents who Have Lost an Infant
Pen-pal Network for Grieving Parents
Chat Rooms for Dealing with Grief
Free Support Groups for Grieving Children and Teens
Advocacy and Emotional Support for Parents of Murdered Children
Free Information for Helping Children Deal with Grief
Help for Victims With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Free Stress Relief and Bereavement Counseling for Businesses
Weekend Retreat For Grieving Children, Adults and Families
National Mental Health Association Offers Referral Service, and Online Information
Website for Children
Free 12-week Training for Caregivers
Free Mental Health Services For Flight Attendants
Mental Health Support in New York City
Counseling and Support for New York City Residents
Counseling and Referral Service for Kids
Mental Health Services for Children in New York
Pastoral Counseling
Support for Parents Who Have Lost a Child
Support for Parents Who Have Lost a Child (of any age)
The Washington DC area Bereavement Center

Northern Virginia Area Bereavement Support Group
Free Mental Health Online
Counseling Professor offers Free Services
Support Services for New York City Children
Counseling and Support Services for NYC Single Parents
Free Information and Referral for Treatment of Depression
Free Advocacy and Case Management Services
Free Mental Health Services for NYC Residents
Free Mental Health Services for Bronx Residents
Free Help to Organize a Support Group
National Organization For Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Oklahoma City Survivors Reach Out to September 11th Survivors
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Free Counseling For FBI Agents
Someone Who Cares in New Jersey
Free Clothing and Furniture for New Jersey Residents
Weekend Get-Away for Grieving Spouses
Retreat for Siblings of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
Hundreds of Volunteers Available!
Fun and Friendship for Single Parents
Free Crisis Counseling in New York City
Support Group for Young Widows and Widowers
Support for Military Widows
24-Hour Victims Hotline
Free Assistance with Grief, Living Expenses and Day Care
Free Grief Counseling for Pet Loss
Grief Counseling for Pentagon Victims and Families
Free Support Groups, Career Services and Financial Planning for Women
Crisis Hotline For MD, DC, & VA Residents
Crisis Hotline for DC Residents
Support and Counseling for Flight Attendants
Information Hotline for Flight Attendants
Peer Support for Flight Attendants
Free Support and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill - VA
Self-Help Clearinghouse for New Jersey Residents
Education and Peer Support for Depression
Free Training and Assistance to Start a Support Group
Free Family Therapy and Stress Reduction Courses

Community Action for Spiritual and Emotional Needs
Adventist Community Services offers free intervention for victims of disasters. The emotional and spiritual needs of these individuals, their relatives and neighbors are addressed through door-to-door visitation and "listening posts" staffed by trained lay pastoral workers. These services offer useful information about the full spectrum of disaster services and agencies and provide a forum for them to ask questions, emotional support, and spiritual guidance. Contact Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-680-6438; {www.adventist.communityservices.org}.
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WebMD Looks at Health Repercussions
Though you may find the diet advertising butting up against the terrorist attack coverage tasteless, you can find an extensive set of helpful articles on how you can keep yourself together emotionally at the web site www.webmd.com. Be sure to click on the "ongoing coverage" links for topics such as sleep deprivation, media coverage of the events, how to handle discussions, chronic stress and pre-existing ailments, and tips on donating blood. You'll find subjects here that you may not be able to access as easily elsewhere on the web.

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Pastoral Training and Financial Support to Mobilize CARE
Church World Service is focusing its response to this unprecedented disaster on immediate and long-term pastoral care for families and disaster survivors. CWS is acting as a coordinating body and will match up the expertise of member denominational disaster teams with needs in affected communities. CWS will also provide training in pastoral care and financial support to help mobilize the Church of the Brethren Child Care Aviation Incident Response (CARE) teams to provide childcare and emotional support services to children of the families and victims of the disasters. Contact Church World Service at 888-CWS-CROP (888-297-2767).

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Nation's Medical Societies Produce Web Page in Response to September 11 Disaster
Emotional trauma in the wake of tragedy is the topic of this web site, which has culled
recent articles from the medical journals of the American Psychiatric Association and the
American Medical Association on such topics as traumatic stress, communicating with
children, and post traumatic stress disorder.
{www.medem.com/medlb/medlb_learning_ctr_coping.cfm}.

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Rabbinical Assistance/Synagogue Services for New York City Families
The New York Board of Rabbis can provide families in New York City area with a Kashrut-observant home while they are searching for loved ones lost in the terrorist attacks. They will provide counseling and spiritual guidance and free tickets for High Holiday services and synagogue support. Contact 212-983-3521.

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Widowed Persons Service Program
The Jewish Information & Referral Service of Greater Washington provides free counseling for individuals who have lost a love one. In addition to counseling services, this organization offers support groups for on-going grief issues. This free service is open to Jewish and non-Jewish individuals in Montgomery County, Maryland. Contact Jewish Information & Referral Service of Greater Washington, Pearl Isenberg, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906; 301-949-7398; {www.jirs.org}.
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Emotional Support for Children Who Are Disaster Victims
The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site is a service of the Psychology Department of James Madison University. The site provides an online printable version of a ten page, illustrated workbook for children, entitled "My Disaster Diary". This workbook provides an opportunity for children, who are victims of disaster, to share their thoughts and feelings and begin to recognize that they are survivors. Contact The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site, James Madison University, Department of Psychology, 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807; 540-568-62118; {cep.jmu.edu/vadisaster/disdiary.htm}.
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Emotional Support Services For Victims of Air Crashes
ACCESS (AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services) is a national, non-political, non-profit organization established to aid and facilitate the grieving process of people who have been affected by or involved in an air crash. Their mission is to help survivors overcome feelings of hopelessness, isolation, despair, and confusion. They will partner survivors with volunteer Grief Mentors who have experienced a similar tragedy. In addition to offering emotional support, ACCESS makes referrals to other organizations that offer help, and provides a Support Services Guide that clarifies the role of various government agencies. Contact ACCESS, 1594 York Avenue, Suite 22, New York, NY 10028; 877-227-6435 (toll-free); {info@aircrashsupport.com}; {www.accesshelp.org}
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Government Resources to Help You Cope
If you receive Medicare, Medicaid, or have a child in the Child Health Plus program, you can call a special hotline at 800-331-7767. This hotline can provide information on how to receive services regarding medication, therapies, transportation to health care professionals, and other health and social services needs. The hotline is designed to provide relief to those whose services may have been interrupted by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Helping Children
The National Institute of Mental Health offers a very extensive document titled "Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters," that describes how young people react to trauma, how to help them, the condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment, and the most recent research findings. You can find it on the web at [www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/violence.cfm], along with other, less detailed fact sheets. Contact National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 8184, MSC 9663, Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-443-4513; {www.nimh.gov}.
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Where To Turn
Emergency Services, a division of the Center for Mental Health Services, has posted a web page which includes a "Mental Health Services Locator" for all 50 states, plus a very helpful list of links to other organizations. Contact Center for Mental Health Services, Knowledge Exchange Network, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015; 800-789-2647; {www.mentalhealth.org/cmhs/EmergencyServices/links.htm}.

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Catholic Charities to Help Disaster Victims
Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation's largest, private networks of people helping people, is mobilizing to help victims and their families recover from the devastation in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Some of the services offered are adoption, grief counseling, food and housing. Contact Rev. Msgr. James J. Murray
Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue, New York, NY 10022; 212-371-1000, ext.2400; 212-826-8795; {www.catholiccharitiesusa.org}.

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Help In Coping
In the wake of Tuesday's disaster, experts on the emotional and social aftershocks of terrorist attacks have prepared a series of guides on a web resource provided by the American Psychological Association. Check out these two links: Coping With Terrorism. Terrorism seeks to hold a society or government hostage by instilling fear, grief, and feelings of helplessness, according to psychologists Rona Fields and Joe Margolin. Their guide covers topics such as the various populations affected, the kinds of feelings you may experience, suggestions for coping, and specific tips for addressing the needs of children. Check out {www.helping.apa.org/daily/terrorism.html}. Coping with the Aftermath of a Disaster: John Tassey, Ph.D., Answers Your Questions
Psychologist John Tassey was part of the team in Oklahoma City who helped those affected by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Using a comfortable question-and-answer format, he describes the short- and long-term after effects of an experience like the Oklahoma City tragedy. Check it out at {helping.apa.org/daily/tassey.html}.
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Helpful Handouts Ready to Print
The University of South Dakota Disaster Mental Health Institute offers concise, helpful handouts specially formatted to be printed from your computer on the following subjects: Coping in the aftermath of a disaster, coping in the aftermath of an aviation disaster, helping children and adolescents deal with grief, and coping with the aftermath of witnessing a major disaster. These can be found at {www.usd.edu/dmhi/Pubs/availability.html}.

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Support for Military Families
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) is a national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces. The heart of TAPS is its national military survivor peer support network. TAPS also offers grief counseling referral, case worker assistance and crisis information, all available to help families and military personnel cope and recover. Services are provided 24 hours a day free of charge Call 1-800-959-TAPS (8277) or send an e-mail via the web site at {www.taps.org}.

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Help In Virginia
Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia has established the Terrorism Victims Helpline at 866-827-3543 to assistance those effected by the attack on the Pentagon. Services available to victims include funeral expenses, medical treatment, mental health counseling, assistance with loss of support, and special needs such as wheel chair ramps, home renovation, and more. Please contact the Helpline for assistance.
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United Methodist Church Offers Pastoral Care & Assistance
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is offering pastoral care to traumatized survivors, rescue workers, news media staff, family members, and the thousands of neighbors who witnessed the tragedy and its ongoing aftermath. UMCOR will provide assistance for individuals who have lost their employment and/or housing due to the catastrophe. Other response plans include joining with national Arab-American organizations to encourage peace and cooperation throughout the United States, working with communities to generate projects that promote peacebuilding, and offering workshops on caring for children in the wake of trauma in communities across the country. Contact United methodist Committee on Relief at 800-841-1235; {gbgm-mc.org/UMCOR-Hotline/}.
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Aid for Survivors of Law Enforcement Officers
Concerns of Police Survivors, also known as COPS, is a nationwide non-profit organization that provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Programs offered include a national peer support group, counseling programs, police survivor seminars, parents' retreats, scholarships and information on state death benefits. Contact Concerns of Police Survivors, P.O. Box 3199-S. Highway 5, Camdenton, MO 65020; 573-346-4911; Fax: 573-346-1414; {cops@nationalcops.org}; {www.nationalcops.org}.
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Website to Help You Overcome Fears, Especially Flying
Anxieties.com is a free web site designed to help people understand and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and general anxiety. One feature is a self-help program for those who have a fear of flying. Contact them online at {www.anxieties.com}; For help with flying fears contact {www.anxieties.com/7flying/fear/fear of flying summary.htm}.
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Free Psychological Services for Victims of the Attack on America
The National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology is a nonprofit credentialing organization based in Washington, D.C. Over 1,000 psychologists have offered to donate time to provide healthcare services to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and their families. A list of participants is listed geographically at the web page. Victims should contact the psychologist by phone and identify themselves as wanting to take advantage of the free services for victims of the assault. Contact The National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology, 1120 G Street, N.W. #330 Washington, D.C. 20005; 202-783-7663; Fax: 202-347-0550; {judy@nationalregister.org}; {www.nationalregister.org/reliefservices.html}.

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Free Advice on Funerals and Grief Relief
The National Funeral Directors Association maintains a web site with useful information for those having to plan a funeral including a list of member funeral homes, guidance on funeral home pricing, and articles on grief relief. Contact National Funeral Directors Association, 13625 Bishops Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005; 800-228-6332; Fax: 262-789-6977; {nfda@nfda.org}; {www.nfda.org}; {www.nfda.org/resources/index.html}; (for list of funeral homes and pricing); {www.nfda.org/resources/grief.html} (for articles on handling grief).
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Support for Those Who Have Been Touched by Aircraft Accidents
Wings of Light is a national, non-profit organization that provides services such as support groups and grief counseling for those whose lives have been touched by aircraft accidents, including survivors, family and friends, and rescue/response workers. Contact Wings of Light, PMB 448, 16845 N. 29th Avenue, Suite 1, Phoenix, AZ 85053; {www.wingsoflight.org}.

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Free Bereavement Services for Grieving Families
The American Hospice Association, a national non-profit corporation, offers bereavement services, at no cost, to members of the community in which they are located. A wide variety of services is available to individuals and families including: individual and family counseling; support groups for all ages; therapeutic group activities for children; bereavement camps for children and teenagers; educational programs to assist families in understanding the multiple facets of grief; person-person contact including home visits, written correspondence, and ongoing telephone support; critical incident stress management, and lending libraries which provide informational and inspirational books, videos, and articles for children, adolescents, and adults. Contact American Hospice Association , 2120 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037; 202-223-0204; Fax: 202-223-0208; {ahf@msn.com}; {www.americanhospice.org/ahfdb.htm}.
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Free Support for Parents who Have Lost a Child
Alive Alone is a non-profit, support organization for parents who have lost their only child or all of their children. In addition to providing general information about various support resources for the grieving, Alive Alone publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and holds conferences in various locations across the country on bereavement issues. Contact Kay Bevington, 11115 Dull Robinson Road, Van Wert, OH. 45891; {www.alivealone.org}.
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Support for Parents and Other Survivors
Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide Victims is a group that provides ongoing emotional support to help parents and other survivors promote healthy resolution and facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" after the murder of a loved one. Not only does POMC help survivors deal with their acute grief, they also offer guidance in dealing with the criminal justice system. Contact the office listed below for information on other chapters throughout the U.S. Contact Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide Victims, 100 East Eighth St. B-41, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 888-818-POMC; Fax: 513-345-4489; {natlpomc@aol.com}; {www.pomc.com}.
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Free Bereavement Camps for Children and Teenagers
Camp Comfort is a non-profit bereavement camp for children throughout the country who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The children participate in a combination of recreation and therapeutic group activities specific to their age level and are given an opportunity to remember their loved ones in a safe and healing environment. There is no cost to attend the camp, and scholarships to cover the cost of transportation may be available for out of state campers. Additionally, a program through the Target Stores, called Target Angels, will work with financially challenged families in need of obtaining necessary camp supplies. Contact Camp Comfort (All states), 12276 Stancroft Road, Rockville, VA 23146; 804-749-3943; Fax: 804-749-8512; {campcomfort@aol.com}; {www.campcomfort.org}.
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Bereavement Services At Cost For Jewish Victims Of Disaster
UJA-Federation of New York, in cooperation with New York City emergency authorities, is addressing the immediate needs of the entire community at this difficult time by providing bereavement services to the elderly, the displaced, and those in need of counseling. The Plaza Jewish Community Chapel is providing at-cost funeral services for the families of people killed as a direct result of this tragedy. Contact Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan; 212-769-4400.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Assistance
Gift From Within is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Their philosophy is to restore dignity to trauma survivors. A unique service offered by this organization is the Gift From Within Support Pal Network -- a list of women and men who suffer or who have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The purpose of this service is to give survivors the opportunity to connect (email, regular mail, and phone) emotionally with others about what they are feeling and experiencing. Contact Gift From Within, 16 Cobb Hill Road, Camden, ME 04843; 207-236-2818; {www.sourcemaine.com}.
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Grief Recovery Online Assistance
GROWW is an independent Website for the bereaved developed by the bereaved. The site offers information, links, and support for those who have lost loved ones. Contact GROWW, Judy Divers, 931 N. State Road 434, Suite 1201-358, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; {www.groww.com}.
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Help for Those Suffering from Depression and Anxiety

Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association whose mission is to aid and counsel individuals and their families who suffer from anxiety and depressive illnesses. FFF has developed an anxiety and depression screening program with a free consultation from a health care professional. They also offer free research treatment for individuals who are interested and eligible. Contact Freedom From Fear, 308 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305; 718-351-1717; Fax: 718-667-8893; {www.freedomfromfear.org}.
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Free Guidebook for Clinicians
The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a resource resulting from collaborations with the Veteran's Administration, the Department of Defense, academic establishments and professionals from the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health. The Center's web-site offers an online guide called "Disaster Mental Health Services: A Guidebook for Clinicians and Administrators." The guide provides a vast amount of information on stress reactions and disorders resulting from disasters. It includes information on assessment of a disaster and administrative issues. Other topics include stress reactions of survivors, helping survivors, helping the helpers, helping organizations, team and program development, a general outline for training, additional resources and references and recommended reading. The guide comes in an HTML and PDF printable format. Contact National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; 802-296-5132; {www.ncptsd.org/treatment/disaster/index.html}; {Email: ncptsd@ncptsd.org}.
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Free Resources for Dealing with Workplace Trauma
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has published a resource package for dealing with psychological trauma in the workplace. The guidelines that they have published are available online and are divided into Discussions of Pertinent Topics, Suggested Follow-up to Events of September 11, and Additional Resources. Contact American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; 847-818-1800; Fax: 847-818-9266; {www.acoem.org/member/guidelines.htm}.
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1000 Licensed Psychologists Donate Their Services
The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, a nonprofit credentialing organization, asked its licensed psychologists to donate their professional services to help the survivors, the victims' families, and those involved in the search and rescue operation, following the attacks on September 11. One thousand psychologists, from the United States, Canada, and four other countries, responded and are listed, by geographical location, on this organization's website. Individuals who are seeking victim assistance may contact the psychologists by phone. Contact The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 330, Washington, DC 20005; 202-783-7663; Fax: 202-347-0550; {E-Mail: sharon@nationalregister.org}; {http://www.nationalregister.org/reliefservices.html}.
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Free Counseling for Children in PA, NJ, and DE
Precious Gems Counseling Services, a community-based non-profit organization that provides bereavement support, has offered its services free to families who were impacted by the September 11th terrorist attacks. Services offered include individual and group counseling, specialized workshops focusing on grief, loss, and transition, and telephone consultations and referrals. They primarily focus on serving ethnic minorities and children, but service is rendered to all. Their geographic focus is the Philadelphia area, but they provide services to parts of other counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well. Contact Precious Gems Counseling Services, P. O. Box 27431, Philadelphia, PA 19118; 215-224-5655; Fax: 215-927-5790; E-Mail: preciousgemsco@aol.com; {http://preciousgems.org}.
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Aid for International Survivors
The Office for Victims of Crime through the U.S Department of Justice is offering assistance to international survivors of the September 11 terrorist acts. Their online Resource Directory has links for different countries and a list of what compensation programs are available for the different nations of the world. A hard copy of the directory can be obtained and persons interested should ask for publication NCJRS# 173392 from the OVC Resource Center. Contact U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, 810 Seventh Street, N.W, Washington, D.C. 20531; 202-307-5983; Fax: 202-514-6383; {www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/intdir/us.htm}.
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Help for Grieving Teens
The non-profit organization Teen Age Grief (T.A.G) specializes in providing resources and information that addresses grief issues specific to teenagers. There is information on basic grief responses, and how to deal with spiritual questions as well as the anger that comes after a loss. T.A.G publishes books and videos on the subject as well as holding workshops on caring for a bereaved teenager. Contact TAG: Teen Age Grief, Inc., P.O Box 220034, Newhall, CA 91322-0034; 661-253-1932; Fax: 661-253-1932; {www.thevine.net/~tag}; {Email: tag@thevine.net}.
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Free Creative Grief Therapy
The Center for Grief Recovery/Institute for Creativity is a full-service counseling center based in Chicago, but also has nationwide services. They are a charitable organization that develops more creative means for dealing with emotionally intense experiences than traditional methodologies. The Center services both individuals and groups, and therapy is tailored to meet each client's unique needs. They also specialize in sibling loss and therapy for therapeutic specialists. There is an informational article on the Website for dealing with grief in the workplace. Contact The Center for Grief Recovery/Institute for Creativity, 1263 W. Loyola, Chicago, IL 60626; 773-274-4600; {www.griefcounselor.bigstep.com/homepage.html}; {Email: CJRothman@hotmail.com}.
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Support Group for Twins
Twinless Twins Support Group, International is a support group of nearly 1900 twinless twins designed to provide support for the loss of a twin that only other people who have survived this loss may understand. The Group also provides support to parents and family members of twinless twins. There is a roster of members, a quarterly publication, and information on books about the subject. Contact Twinless Twins International, P.O Box 980481, Ypsilanti, MI 48198-0481; 888-205-8962; {www.fwi.com/twinless/index.html}; {Email: TwinSource@yahoo.com}.
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Support Group for Parents who Have Lost an Infant
The mission of SHARE is to offer support to parents who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth and parents who have lost an infant. There are resources, information on local chapters, literature, and a bi-monthly newsletter available. Contact National SHARE Office, St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301-2893; 636-947-6164; 800-821-6819; Fax: 636-947-7486; {www.nationalshareoffice.com}; {Email: share@nationalshareoffice.com}.
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Pen-pal Network for Grieving Parents
The Pen-Parents network is a service that connects bereaved parents who have lost a child from pregnancy through adulthood. Parents correspond with each other to share feelings and support. The Website also has articles, chat and message boards, lists of resources, as well as a mailing list. Contact Pen-Parents, Inc., P.O. Box 8738, Reno, NV 89507-8738; 702-826-7332; Fax: 702-829-0866; {www.penparents.org}; {Email: penparents@penparents.org}.
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Chat Rooms for Dealing with Grief
GROWW is a nonprofit Website that offers a large array of resources for coping with grief and bereavement. This site has a tremendous amount of links to resources for people dealing with grief and bereavement and many of the implications that it brings. There are also chat rooms and support groups for people in many different circumstances including: bereaved teens, children, fathers, people who have suffered a sudden and unexpected loss, widowed survivors, loss of a friend or sibling, support for grieving men, elder grief, in Spanish, single parents, and a loss due to violence, to name a few. The site is extensive and can offer information and/or aid to people in almost every circumstance of loss. Contact GROWW, Inc., 931 N. State Rd. 434, Ste. 1201-358, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; {www.groww.com}; {Email: WeCare@helpgroww.com}.
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Free Support Groups for Grieving Children and Teens
The Dougy Center for grieving children and their families operates on the peer support-group model on which it was founded. Children, aged three through eighteen, are grouped by age and the circumstances of loss. The Dougy Center is based in Oregon where it provides families and their children with support for loss of a family member. The National Center for Grieving Children and Families is an extension of the Dougy Center and provides training nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations. A list of organizations using the Dougy method across the nation and other countries is available on their Website. The site also has resources for parents and their children including activities for grieving children of different ages. The we-site contains an article specifically written on the subject of how to talk to children about the September 11 attacks. Contact The Dougy Center, P.O. Box 86852, 3909 SE 52nd Ave. Portland, OR 97286; 503-775-5683; Fax: 503-777-3097; {www.grievingchild.org}; {Email: help@dougy.org}.
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Advocacy and Emotional Support for Parents of Murdered Children
The National Organization for Parents of Murdered Children offers many services to its members. Their staff can provide emotional support, individual assistance, advocacy, court accompaniment, and crisis intervention. Other services include (but are not limited to) help for siblings, newsletters, consultations, education and training, and meetings. There is a fee for membership. The Website offers an extensive amount of information on support, information and resources. Contact National POMC, 100 East Eighth Street, Suite B-4, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; 513-721-5683; 888-818-POMC; Fax: 513-345-4489; {www.pomc.com}; {Email: natlpomc@aol.com}.
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Free Information for Helping Children Deal with Grief
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has published a variety of articles on their Website, free for duplication for personal and educational purposes, to help parents and children deal with the events of September 11 and other grief-producing incidents. There are articles in both English and Spanish. Topics include how to handle children's grief, how to answer children's questions about disaster, the news media, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and restoring hope. There is also a resources link on the homepage of the Website that can provide information on numerous national organizations and agencies serving the physical and mental health needs of children. Contact The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3615 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016-3007; 202-966-7300; Fax: 202-966-2891; Disaster Kit {www.aacap.org/publications/DisasterResponse/index.htm}; Resources Link {www.aacap.org/resource/index.htm}.
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Help for Victims With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
People who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often relive a traumatic experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged. These symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person's daily life. People directly impacted by the recent terrorist attacks are at a high risk to develop the disorder. The National Center for PTSD provides information and assistance in helping victims and their families recover from traumatic events. While the Center does not provide direct clinical care, it does offer a comprehensive body of literature on PTSD including information on seeking help and the current treatments available. Contact The National Center for PTSD, VA Medical Center (116D), White River Junction, VT 05009; 802-296-5132; Fax: 802-296-5135; {Email: ptsd@dartmouth.edu}; {www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/help/ptsd.htm}.
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Free Stress Relief and Bereavement Counseling for Businesses
Healing Works, a nonprofit dedicated to providing holistic healthcare and education to people in need, offers free stress relief and bereavement counseling services for staff of social service agencies and other nonprofit groups in NYC. Through our Care to the Caregivers program, Healing Works offers full day wellness retreats at the Wellness Center. They are also able to arrange special workshops at an agency's site. Most recently, they are holding special full day retreats of healing and remembrance for staff dealing with the crisis produced by the World Trade Center bombings. Contact Healing Works, 244 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001; Contact: Ann Paiva; 212-696-9144; Fax: 212-696-9171; {E-Mail: info@healingworks.org}; {www.healingworks.org}.
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Weekend Retreat For Grieving Children, Adults and Families
Camp Carousel is a weekend retreat for children, teens, and adults who are grieving due to the death of a family member or other loved one. The camp offers a unique blend of creative group work and recreational activities designed to promote opportunities to express emotions and learn healthy coping techniques with others who have experienced similar losses. Recreational activities include arts and crafts, games, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, and organized sports. Each summer, the Grief Center sponsors Camp Carousel. Special sessions on parenting children and teens are available. These sessions help parents or guardians understand their child's grieving process. In addition, other small group sessions provide the adults opportunities to focus on their own grief process. By attending Camp, the family learns about the grief process and ways to cope with the many changes in their lives. Camp Carousel is scheduled for June 7-9, 2002. The age of campers are 5 years old -adult. The cost is $75.00 per child, and $25.00 for an adult or guardian. There are scholarships available that pay 2/3 of the cost of camp. Contact Camp Carousel, 1100-C South Stratford, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; 336-768-3972; Contact: Suzanna Lund; {http://www.netunlimited.net/~hospice1/gc/}.
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National Mental Health Association Offers Referral Service, and Online Information
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA), with more than 340 affiliates nationwide, is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. NMHA has a staff of experienced, professionally trained employees who offer resources on mental illness and treatment, and offer referrals for local treatment services. NMHA also has over 60 different brochures, and fact sheets on a variety of mental health issues, as well as a Website of information on mental health and depression screening. Contact National Mental Health, 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 22314; 703-684-5968; 800-969-NMHA; TTY For Hearing Impaired: 1-800-433-5959; {www.nmha.org}.
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Website for Children
The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site is a service of the Psychology Department of James Madison University. The site provides an online printable version of a ten page, illustrated workbook for children, entitled "My Disaster Diary". This workbook provides children, who are victims of disaster, an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and begin to recognize that they are survivors. Contact The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Site, James Madison University, Department of Psychology, 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807; 540-568-62118; {http://cep.jmu.edu/vadisaster/disdiary.htm}.
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Free 12-week Training for Caregivers
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends impacted by mental illness, is offering a free 12-week course, the Family-to-Family Education Program, for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). All instruction and course materials are free for class participants. The Family-to-Family curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. The Family-to-Family Education Program is held all over North America. Visit the following website for course locations nearest you: {www.nami.org/cfapps/Course_Locations/course_locations.cfm}. Contact National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201; 703-524-7600; NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI [6264]; {http://www.nami.org/family/index.html}.
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Free Mental Health Services For Flight Attendants
The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a number of resources to assist flight attendants, their families and partners in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks:
*Trauma Information - Handouts are available online at www.afanet.org
*Telephonic Mental Health Services - AFA EAP has coordinated telephone assistance with mental health professionals who are available at 1-800-424-2406. After 5:00 p.m. eastern time, telephonic mental health services are available through Red Cross at 214-678-4258. The AFA has also set up a Families of Victims Support Line: 1-800-331-0075.
*Group Mental Health Debriefing Services - The AFA has coordinated EAP trauma debriefings for flight attendants and their families.
Contact Association of Flight Attendants, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite #250, Rosemont, IL 60018; 847-292-7170; {E-mail: ualmec@csi.com}; or {75410.2325@compuserve.com};
{http://www.unitedafa.org/#MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE}.
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Mental Health Support in New York City
The American Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (AAPR) promotes community-based rehabilitation of individuals with mental illness by providing educational programs, consultation and technical assistance. AAPR also offers information on the rehabilitation of persons with mental illness in the correctional system and mobilizes bipartisan support for rehabilitation and continuity of care for persons with long-term illness. Contact American Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 19 East 93 rd Street, New York, NY 10128; 212-426-7645; {www.candido.org/br/wapr}.
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Counseling and Support for New York City Residents
The Church World Service (CWS), through its disaster response network, is coordinating with member denominations and FEMA to provide emotional and spiritual counseling to those impacted by the September 11th attacks. CWS currently has three Disaster Response Consultants and three personal assistants on site in Manhattan. CWS is also helping to mobilize the Church of the Brethren Child Care Aviation Incident Response (CARE) teams to provide childcare and emotional support services to children of the families and victims of the aviation disasters. Contact Church World Service, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115; 212-870-2061; {www.worldservice.org}.
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Counseling and Referral Service for Kids
KidsPeace, a private, non-profit organization, provides a comprehensive range of mental and behavioral health treatment programs, crisis intervention services and public education initiatives with the goal of helping kids anticipate and avoid crisis whenever possible. Kids Peace's offers one-on-one counseling by phone as well as a National Referral Network -- a free referral service that helps callers locate treatment services in their own community. Contact KidsPeace; 800 8KID-123; For KidsPeace Emergency Help line 1-800-334-4kid; {www.kidspeace.org}; {Website for teens:www.teencental.net}.
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Mental Health Services for Children in New York
Families Together in New York State is a nonprofit organization that serves the families of children with special emotional, behavioral, & mental health needs. Their mission is to ensure that every family has access to needed information, supports and services. They provide support, advocacy, information, technical assistance and training to families across New York State. Contact Families Together in New York State, 15 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207; 888-326-8644; {www.ftnys.org}.
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Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Counseling Centers around the country are reaching out to provide therapeutic resources and a forum for people to express their feelings in a group setting and with individual counseling. Fees are being temporarily suspended. Pastoral Counselors are trained and certified to provide mental health, grief, and relationship guidance to address concerns and needs of those affected by national and personal trauma. Their web sites include counselors in your area, or near loved ones. Contact American Association of Pastoral Counselors, 9504A Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031-2303; 703-385-6967; {Info@aapc.org}; {www.aapc.org}.
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Support for Parents Who Have Lost a Child
Bereaved Parents of the USA is a national, non-denominational support organization with local chapters across the country. Any bereaved parent, sibling or grandparent is eligible to become a member of the BP/USA. Members may attend free monthly meetings of their chapter, as often and as long as necessary to meet their needs. In addition to support services, BP/USA also offers a newsletter for its members. Contact Bereaved Parents of the USA, P.O. Box 95, Park Forest, IL 60466; Fax: 708-748-9184; {E-Mail: director1@bereavedparentsusa.org};
{www.bereavedparentsusa.org/chapters/chapter.html}.
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Support for Parents Who Have Lost a Child (of any age)
The Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit, self help organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings following the death of a child of any age. The Compassionate Friends' mission is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief and to provide information to help others be supportive. The organization believes that as seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees. To locate a local chapter, e-mail their national office. Contact The Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL 60522; 877-969-0010; Fax: 630-990-0246;
{E-Mail: elaine@compassionatefriends.com}; {www.compassionatefriends.com}.
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The Washington DC area Bereavement Center
William Wendt Center for Loss and Healings' mission is to ease the impact of illness, loss and bereavement through respect for individuals and their experiences, by providing direct services, education and advocacy. The center provides free support groups, counseling services and is developing a comprehensive children's bereavement center. Their education program conducts forums and crisis consultations to teach communities to respond compassionately to those suffering loss. Contact William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (adult and children's programs with outreach programs for the community), 730 Eleventh St., Washington, DC 20001; 202-624-0010; Fax: 202-624-0062; {E-Mail: info@lossandhealing.org}; {www.lossandhealing.org}.
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Northern Virginia Area Bereavement Support Group
The Haven is an organization for persons with serious illnesses and persons who have a family member with a life threatening disease or who have recently died. Emotional support is offered on an individual basis through trained volunteers. Bereavement support group for spouses meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. General bereavement support group meets every first and third Wednesdays. Contact Haven of Northern Virginia , 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, VA 22003; 703-941-7000.
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Free Mental Health Online
Mental Help Net is a free worldwide service, the most comprehensive source of online mental health information, news and resources we have found. It is a friendly, easy to use way to access mental health information on the internet. Visitors can also sign up for a free e-newsletter keeping us up to date on the latest mental health news. Contact Mark Dombeck, Mental Help Net, 570 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH 43017; {webmaster@cmhc.com}; {www.mentalhelp.net}.
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Counseling Professor offers Free Services
Jorja Prover, Ph.D. is a professor of social welfare at UCLA with twenty years experience in crisis intervention counseling and training. She has worked in several post-war environments, most recently Bosnia and Kosovo and in follow-up to urban crises and disorder. She will be in New York beginning September 26 and would like to VOLUNTEER her time and expertise in whatever setting it is needed, including direct counseling, training or auxiliary services to businesses. Contact Dr. Jorja Prover, Ph.D., UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095; 310-206-6170; Fax: 310-454-1188; {E-Mail: jprover@ucla.edu}.
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Support Services for New York City Children
Staten Island Mental Health Society Inc. is a children's mental health agency providing outpatient therapeutic services, alcoholism treatment and prevention services, tutoring, child abuse prevention programs, family support services, pre-school for toddlers with developmental disabilities, Head Start Centers, and school based counseling programs. Contact Staten Island Mental Health Society, Inc., 669 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301; 718-442-2225.
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Counseling and Support Services for NYC Single Parents
The Single Parent Resource Center provides free programs for single parents in New York City. The Center also provides information on parenting topics and referrals to other support services. Contact Single Parent Resource Center, 31 East 28th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016; 212-951-7030.
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Free Information and Referral for Treatment of Depression
National Foundation for Depressive Illness offers pre-recorded information on depression and manic-depression via their toll-free number. They also provide information by mail on depression, manic depression, and related disorders and can provide a listing of mental health professionals who treat depression on a state-by-state basis. Contact National Foundation for Depressive Illness, P.O. Box 2257, New York, NY 10116; 800-239-1265; {www.depression.org}.
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Free Advocacy and Case Management Services
Choice Advocacy & Case Management Services is a consumer run organization providing free advocacy and case management services to consumers residing in Westchester County, NY. Contact Choice Advocacy & Case Management Services, 420 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801; 914-576-0173; {www.users/cloud9.net/~choice}.
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Free Mental Health Services for NYC Residents
NAMI is the chapter of the New York State Alliance for the Mentally Ill that serves the greater New York City area. They offer practical support, education, and advocacy through monthly support meetings, newsletters, speaker's bureau, advocacy program, hotline, resource center, client support network, and legislative activities. Contact NAMI, New York City Metro, 432 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016; 212-684-3264; {www.nami-nyc-metro.org}.
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Free Mental Health Services for Bronx Residents
Bronx Psychiatric Center provides information and referrals to community mental health resources and sponsors social and recreational programs for mental health consumers and families. The Center also provides job opportunities for consumers. Contact Bronx Psychiatric Center, 1500 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461; 718-931-0600.
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Free Help to Organize a Support Group
Rainbows is a non-profit, international organization that offers training and curriculum for establishing peer support groups in churches, synagogues, schools or social agencies, for those grieving a death, divorce or other painful family transition. The materials provided are used by professional educators, counselors or other community members/volunteers who have interest and experience in working with children and adults. The actual support group, once established, would be free to participants. To find a registered director for your area to help establish a support group, go to {www.rainbows.org/us-directors.html}. Contact Rainbows, 2100 Golf Road #370, Rolling Meadow, IL 60008; 800-266-3206; Fax: 847-952-1770; {www.rainbows.org}.
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National Organization For Victim Assistance (NOVA)
The National Organization for Victim Assistance has dispatched Crisis Response Teams in all related areas to offer assistance in dealing with the trauma. NOVA is a is a private, non-profit, organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services. Contact NOVA, 1730 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC 20010; 800-TRY-NOVA (879-6682); {Nova@try-nova.org}; {http://www.try-nova.org/}.
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Oklahoma City Survivors Reach Out to September 11th Survivors
Established as a nonprofit, the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is dedicated to preventing and reducing terrorism and mitigating its effects. The MIPT grew out of a desire of the survivors and the families of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing to have a "living memorial" by doing what they can to prevent other cities from living through a similar tragedy. The Outreach Committee of MIPT is ready to assist any individual who would like to draw on the experiences of a survivor, family member or rescue worker from the Oklahoma City bombing. You can send an email to outreach@mipt.org or contact them at 1-800-542-HOPE. Contact Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, 204 North Robinson #1404, Oklahoma City, OK 73101; 405-232-5121; Fax: 405-232-5132; {E-Mail: suggestions@mipt.org}; {www.mipt.org}.
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24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Help Line, New York is a telephone crisis hotline that provides an immediate response to people in the New York Metropolitan area. The service is staffed by trained volunteers (lawyers, students, teachers, retirees, homemakers, and bankers) who go through a rigorous training course to develop and refine their listening skills in order to assist callers in defining and exploring various options to crises they may be experiencing. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is non-sectarian, anonymous and free. In addition to empathic listening, the hotline maintains an extensive database of information and referral sources for its callers. Contact Help Line, New York, 3 West 29th Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10001 212-684-4480; {www.helpline.org}.
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Free Counseling For FBI Agents
Catholic Charities, the largest private network of social service organizations in the United States works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities. Catholic Charities of Patterson, NJ is collecting donations for relief efforts, Catholic Charities of Patterson, NJ, is offering counseling to those traumatized by the disaster. The agency's counselors also are on standby to provide support for those FBI agents that may need counseling. These services are ongoing. Contact Catholic Charities, 476 17th Ave, Patterson, NJ 07504 973-523-9595 ex 23.
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Someone Who Cares in New Jersey
Contact Community Services is people helping people. Trained volunteers offer a listening ear, guidance, and information and referrals to community services to anyone with a problem or concern. All the information and referral is done in a confidential and non-judgmental manner. Contact Community Services, P.O. Box 8563, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002; 609-317-1200; {www.snj.com}.
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Free Clothing and Furniture for New Jersey Residents
The Home Front organization provides food, clothing, furniture and household goods to families in needs, as well as educational and recreational events for children. Home Front clients are eligible to receive food bags once every thirty days. The organization also runs a free store composed of donations of clothing and household goods from the community. Clients are permitted to shop, at no cost to them or the taxpayer, for much needed clothing and household items. Contact Home Front, 2265 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648; 609-989-9417; {www.homefrontnj.org}.
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Weekend Get-Away for Grieving Spouses
C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Officers) is a non-profit organization that offers assistance and compassion to families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Surviving Spouse Getaway Program was established to offer a weekend of peer support from others that truly understand. It provides self-esteem building experiences while offering a time away to reduce everyday stresses. Contact Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc, S. Highway 5, Camdenton, MO 65020; 573-346-4911; Fax: 573-346-1414; {E-mail: cops@nationalcops.org}; {www.nationalcops.org}.
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Retreat for Siblings of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
The Sibling Retreat Program is offered through C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), a non-profit organization that offers support to surviving loved ones of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The retreat is guided by counselors and allows a time for expressing grief and helping to heal. Contact Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc, S. Highway 5, Camdenton, MO 65020; 573-346-4911; Fax: 573-346-1414;
{E-mail: cops@nationalcops.org}; {www.nationalcops.org}.
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Hundreds of Volunteers Available!
Greater DC Cares provides volunteer opportunities designed to brighten the lives of adults and children throughout the Greater Washington DC Area. We have thousands of volunteers who are eager to provide assistance. These volunteers have skills that range from puppeteering, to machine operators; from physicians to childcare providers. If you are in need of a few or a few hundred volunteers, please let us know. Contact Greater DC Cares, 1411 K Street NW Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005; 202-289-7378; {http://www.dc-cares.org/GDCC/index.html}.
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Fun and Friendship for Single Parents
Parents Without Partners, Inc. is the largest international, nonprofit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents - whether male or female, custodial or non-custodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never married may join one of approximately 400 chapters worldwide. As well as providing information resources on dozens of organizations and government programs benefiting single parents, Parents without Partners chapters offer a range of support activities for parents and their children including family activities, adult social activities and scholarships. Contact Parents Without Partners, Inc., 1650 South Dixie Highway, Suite 510, Boca Raton, FL 33432; 561-391-8833; Fax: 561-395-8557; {Email: pwp@jti.net}; {www.parentswithoutpartners.org}.
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Free Crisis Counseling in New York City
B'nai B'rith is the premier Jewish service organization in the United States whose priority has always been to assist those in need. To this end, the Tri-State Region has established a free crisis counseling service at its Florham Park office. Professional mental health practitioners, who have volunteered their services, will be providing assistance on an individual or group basis. Contact B'nai B'rith International, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 973-765-9779 (NY office); {E-Mail: foundation@bnaibrith.org or tristate@bnaibrith.org}; {http://bbi.koz.com/servlet/bbi_ProcServ}; {www.bbinet.org}.
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Support Group for Young Widows and Widowers
Serving the needs of younger widowed persons by offering bereavement support groups in Eastern Massachusetts, the Young Widows and Widowers is operated by and for it's members with the assistance of qualified facilitators. Widows and widowers range in age from 20 to 52 -- about 20 years younger than the traditional widowed population. Many are parents of very young or school aged children and all subscribe to the philosophy of "turning grief into growth." There are several different support programs within this organization. Contact Young Widow and Widowers, Ltd., P.O. Box 4091, Andover, MA 01810; 888-999-5838; {E-Mail: webmaster@yww.org}; {www.yww.org}.
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Support for Military Widows
The survivor of a military person faces problems civilian counterparts do not. The death of their spouse may be followed by a change of residence and separation from the network of support they currently have. The Society of Military Widows is a nationwide organization whose purpose is to benefit widows of members of all branches of the uniformed services of the United States. They give moral support, advice, provide referral service and, in general, help the widows of career military members return to the main stream of normal living. Contact Society of Military Widows, 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151; 800-842-3451; {E-Mail: benefits@militarywidows.org}; {www.militarywidows.org}.
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24-Hour Victims Hotline
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY is offering a 24-hour hotline where callers can be connected to counseling, emergency financial assistance, and other services. The agency is also working with Catholic Health Services and the Office of Family life to provide long-term counseling. Contact Catholic Charities, Public Affairs and Development, 90 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801-6299; 516-733-7037; {www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/disaster/relief_agencies/ccmid_atlantic.htm}.
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Free Assistance with Grief, Living Expenses and Day Care
The Catholic Charities Disaster Response Centers are assisting disaster victims, recovery workers and their families. Services provided include: grief and crisis counseling, financial assistance/rent mortgage, utilities, medical bills, etc., advocacy and entitlements counseling, support to schools in coping with the needs of both staff and children, and emergency day care (a safe place to take children so parents can deal with paper work, doctors, job search, etc.). Check out the website at {www.ccbq.org/}.
BROOKLYN
* Brooklyn West Family Center, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Contact: Gregory Rideout, 718-722-6001 , E-mail: webmaster@ccbq.org
* Brooklyn East Family Center, 1987 Flatbush Avenue, (Entrance on Flatlands Avenue, 2nd Floor)
Brooklyn, NY 11234, Contact: Betsy Smith, 718-677-9848
* Flatlands Guidance Center, 2000 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234, Contact:Ted Rado, 718-377-5755
* Office of Pastoral Care, Bereavement Services, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Contact: Ingrid Seunarine, 718-722-6214
QUEENS
* Queens North Family Center, 23-40 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11102, Contact: Sister Mary, George Barlow, 718-726-9790
* Queens South Family Center, 90-39 189th Street, Hollis, NY 11423, Contact: Maria Passadino
718-217-1440
* Corona Elmhurst Clinic, 37-22 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, Contact: Adriana Passini 718-779-1600
* Rockaway Mental Health Clinic, 13-29 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, NY 11691, Contact: Ellen Shuman, 718-337-6800, 718-471-7586
* Woodside Clinic, 61-20 Woodside Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377, Contact: Harriet Herman
718-779-1234
* Glendale Guidance Center, 67-29 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385, Contact: Barbara Petty, 718-456-7001
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Free Grief Counseling for Pet Loss
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is offering free grief counseling services to any New York resident that has loss his/her pet(s) as a result of the September 11th attacks. Stephanie LaFarge, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services, is available to talk with anyone who is coping with loss or other owner-pet relationship issues. Contact The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128; 212-876-7700, ext. 4355 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For evening or weekends, you may page Ms. LaFarge at (800) 946-4646. Use your telephone keypad to enter PIN number 140-7211, and then enter your telephone number when you hear the beep. {E-mail: counselor@aspca.org}; {www.aspca.org/body_index_wtc.asp}.
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Grief Counseling for Pentagon Victims and Families
Catholic Charities of Arlington and the Diocesan Office of Family Life are offering free grief counseling for victims and their families. Contact Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 24th and South Ives Street, Crystal City, VA, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily; 703-841-3835; {Email: webmaster@ccda.net}; {www.ccda.net/}.
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Free Support Groups, Career Services and Financial Planning for Women
The Women's Center, a regional resource for women, children, and families in Northern Virginia, provides services such as psychotherapy, support and therapy groups, separation and divorce counseling, personal growth and family strengthening workshops, career services, and financial education services. Contact The Women's Center, 133 Park Street N.E., Vienna, VA 22180; 703-281-2657; {www.thewomenscenter.org}.
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Crisis Hotline for MD, DC, & VA Residents
Crisis Link provides crisis counseling as well as information and referral services for residents of Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. Contact Crisis Link, P.O. Box 7563, Arlington, VA 22207; 703-527-4077; {www.crisislink.org}.
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Crisis Hotline for DC Residents
Crisis and Families Stress Hotline is a 24-hour anonymous phone hotline offering support and referrals. Contact Crisis and Families Stress Hotline, P.O. Box 57194, Washington, DC 20037; 202-223-2255; {www.pcamw@juno.com}.
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Support and Counseling for Flight Attendants
The mission of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) is ensuring the health and welfare of flight attendants today and in the future, and helping fellow crew members, families and friends in dealing with the tragic events. Flight attendants, families and friends of flight attendants involved in the recent attacks can access a worldwide network of guidance, counseling, information, and other assistance by calling the AFA Employee Assistance Program Hotline. EAP representatives will direct those in need to local counselors, service agencies, and mental health professionals. Contact AFA Hotline: 800-824-2406.
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Information Hotline for Flight Attendants
The National Mental Health Association is offering flight attendants and their families a telephonic and web resource service to provide information and referrals to local mental health resources. This service will begin taking requests from the flight attendant community starting Wednesday 9/19/2001 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Contact NMHA; 800-969-6642; {www.nmha.org}.
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Peer Support for Flight Attendants
The Association of Flight Attendants Employee Assistance Program (AFAEAP) is a confidential resource available to members, families and partners to assist with personal, as well as work-related concerns. AFA EAP provides three distinct but interrelated services, including: 1) assessment, support and resource referral, 2) advancement of professional standards through conflict resolution, and 3) response to critical and traumatic incidents. AFA's objective in providing these services is to enhance the health, safety and well being of its union family with the highest quality of peer support available within the EAP industry. Contact EAP, 1275 K Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005; AFA Members & Their Families Only: 800-424-2406; {www.afanet.org/eaphome.html#Mission}.
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Free Support and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill - VA
NAMI is a support and advocacy organization for people with mental illness and their families. They sponsor local self-help support groups across the country where family members can share their concerns, learn about mental illnesses, and find out about community resources. They also provide information and referrals to local chapters via the toll-free telephone line. Contact NAMI, Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201; 800-950-6264; {www.nami.org}. In New Jersey contact NAMI New Jersey, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902; 732-940-0990; {www.nami.org/naminj}.
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Self-Help Clearinghouse for New Jersey Residents
New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse provides information and referrals to support groups statewide. In addition, it provides assistance to new and existing groups, workshops, conferences, training workshops, and a directory of support groups. Contact New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse, Northwest Covenant Medical Center, 25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ 07834; 800-367-6274; {www.cmhc.com/selfhelp}.
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Education and Peer Support for Depression
Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA) provides education and information on depression disorders. They sponsor mutual-help support groups in the Washington D.C./Baltimore areas and educational meetings that are open to the public. DRADA also arranges for peer support. Contact Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, Meyer 3-181 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287; 410-955-4647; {www.med.jhu.edu/drada}.
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Free Training and Assistance to Start a Support Group
The Westchester Self-Help Clearinghouse is a central resource providing confidential information and referral for mutual support groups. This clearinghouse assists in the formation of new groups and trains group leaders, sponsors workshops and conferences, provides community education, and publishes a directory of self-help groups. Contact Westchester Self-Help Clearinghouse, 141 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530; 914-949-7699 ext.319.
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Free Family Therapy and Stress Reduction Courses
The Albert Ellis Institute is a non-profit agency that offers individual, couple, and family therapy. There are on-going therapy groups and training in biofeedback for stress-related disorders. Also offered are workshops and courses, professional training, consulting services, and publications. Contact The Albert Ellis Institute, 45 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10021; 800-323-4738; {www.rebt.org}.

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