A number of schools where AFT members teach and work have large populations of students of Haitian descent. Some of those school areas include Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Providence and Hartford. In an effort to provide as much support as we can, the AFT, in addition to listing donation opportunities, offers these resources for members looking for advice on how to provide counseling, comfort and emotional support.
The following organizations and links can provide help to educators and school staff who have contact with children displaced or affected by disasters.
- Managing Anxiety. Information on how to managed anxiety in times of crisis from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- Children and Disaster. Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Grief and Loss. Resources for helping others to deal with grief and loss from the National Association of Social Workers.
- PTSD. Survivors of unexpected events like natural disasters can experience post traumatic stress disorder. A fact sheet and other resources from the National Mental Health Association.
- Natural Disasters and Children. A wealth of information for those working directly with children from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
- Coping. Helping children cope with disaster—helpful resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Helping Haitian Students Cope. A wealth of resources is available from the AFT-supported Colorin Colorado!.
January 15, 2010