The National Institute of Mental Health conducts and supports research not only on a wide range of mental health disorders, but also on reactions to national crises and traumatic events such as hurricanes, floods and tornados.
NIMH research includes the reactions of people following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers; the Oklahoma City bombing; wars and violence in the Middle East; and natural disasters, including the 2005 Gulf Coast storms.
People react differently to life-changing crisis. Most survivors have intense feelings after a traumatic event but do recover; others have more difficulty recovering, especially those who have experienced multiple traumas, ongoing stress, or lack of family or community support.
The NIMH provides information based on scientific research and evidence-based practice to assist survivors, with special information on how to help children.
Contact the National Institute of Mental Health for information and/or to assist your community organization in helping people to rebuild their lives after natural disasters.