Set off by the tragic events in Norway in July 2011, I started a somewhat frantic search for websites on posttraumatic recovery designed for youths and parents.
The criteria: the information and tips should be 1) evidence-informed, 2) written for an audience of children/adolescents or parents, 3) easily accessible, 4) freely available, and preferably 5) interactive.
Those are tough criteria. There are not many resources that tick all the boxes, but they do exist.
My top 5 (biased by the languages I speak and some chauvinism…) is:
- Aftertheinjury because it is very interactive with a nice lay-out and provides clear, informative webcasts as well as quick screening tools (only for parents, focused on injury, in English).
- Helping children cope with war and terrorism because it includes many exercises/discussion topics for parents to use with their kids (English, also available in Arabic and Chinese, see below)
- Bushfire space because it directly targets youths, and has a nice fresh lay-out (English) .
- Psychosocial support in disasters because it provides an overview of resources in a clear format. A few other sites on the list below compete with this one for me, this one won because of its collaborative basis (English).
- Nahetziekenhuis because it clearly targets young children directly as well as their parents (focused on injury/illness, Dutch, fact/tip sheets also available in Arabic and Turkish, see below).
Below are other informative websites for children/adolescents and parents, in random order. I focused on websites suitable after single-incident trauma. Many thanks to the colleagues who pointed me to them.
Online resources for children/adolescents:
- About reactions to the Australian bushfires: website (by Headspace, in English)
- About talking with journalists after the Norway shooting: tipsheet (by the US National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NCTSN, in English)
- About recovery from an injury/illness: nahetziekenhuis (by Emma Kinderziekenhuis, in Dutch)
- Information, forum, and links to videos/books about several types of traumatic events: kindentrauma (by Cogis, in Dutch)
- An Australian counselling website for children: kidshelpline
Online resources for parents, about helping their children:
- An interactive, comprehensive website about helping children after injury: aftertheinjury (by Children’s Hospital Philadelphia, in English)
- Tip sheets about helping infants/toddlers, preschool-age children, school-age children, and adolescents after disasters (by the US National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NCTSN, in English)
- The same information from NCTSN about helping infants/toddlers, preschool-age children, school-age children, and adolescents can be found in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese on this page
- A comprehensive article about helping children after disaster (by NYU Child Study Center, in English)
- An easy readable website with links to several resources: psid (by various Australian organizations, in English)
- Tips for parents about media coverage: tips (by NCTSN, in English)
- Various tip sheets, e.g. about parenting strategies, children’s emotional reactions to bushfires, and cyberbullying: earlytraumagrief tip sheets (by the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network, in English)
- An overview of links to Australian and international resources: earlytraumagrief resources (by the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network, in English)
- Book with information and tasks to help children cope with war and terrorism: helping children cope with war and terrorism (by the University of Miami/7-Dippity, in English)
- The same book in Spanish, in Arabic, and in Chinese
- About the shooting and bombing in Norway, a website and a pdf (by the Norwegian Center for Crisis Psychology, in Norwegian)
- About children’s recovery from an injury/illness: nahetziekenhuis/ouders (by Emma Kinderziekenhuis, in Dutch)
- The main information about recovery from injury/illness in Arabic and Turkish (by Emma Kinderziekenhuis)
- Information, forum, and video’s/books about children and trauma: kindentrauma/opvoeders (by Cogis, in Dutch)
Online resources for parents, about trauma and posttraumatic stress in general:
- On helpguide.org: psychological trauma (in English)
- Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder information: ptsdinfo (with links to the US National Center for PTSD, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Gift from Within-Information for survivors and caregivers, and the National Center for Victims of Crime, in English)
- A collection of webcasts and podcasts for trauma survivors, caregivers, and professionals: webcasts etc (by Gift from Within, in English)
- General information about trauma, recovery, and evidence-based interventions: acpmh about trauma (by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, in English)