Resources on Lebanon
Here are some useful resources to familiarize yourself with Lebanon (pre and post bomb explosion) and support your clients during sessions:
Organizations & Databases
- Afikra: A space dedicated to actively learning and sharing research about the Arab region’s history and culture. You can join their informative sessions online.
- Beirut Resources: Relief resources for Lebanon in one place.
- Beirut Resources Database: medical aid, Engineers/Architects, donations (food/clothes/items), emergency support, shelter, and others.
- Megaphone News: an independent online media platform covering Lebanon from within Lebanon. Go to their social media platforms for English translations.
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: Psychosocial Centre
- KAFA: social, legal and psychological support for women and families subject to extreme poverty and gender-based violence.
- ARM (Anti-Racism Movement): intervention with and for migrant workers, migrant domestic workers, refugees and their families. Founders of Migrant Community Centre (MCC).
- BBC Sounds (27 Aug 2020) – What’s gone wrong with Lebanon?
- The Monitor (20 Aug 2020) – Lebanese public health crisis includes trauma, mental health after explosion
- BBC News (13 Aug 2020) – Children haunted by Beirut blast
- Washington Post (13 Aug 2020) – What we know about the Beirut explosions and their aftermath
- Washington Post (7 Aug 2020) – Here’s how to help Beirut: List of registered orgs to donate to
Resources for Therapists, Families, and Communities
In response to the recent explosion in Beirut Lebanon, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities. These resources include tip sheets on:
- Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event – tips for caregivers
- Once I Was Very Very Scared (In Arabic) – children’s book for young children
Psychological First Aid
The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile is an app that can be accessed for free on Apple and Android mobile devices.
The PFA online training course is available on our NCTSN Learning Center.
PFA Handouts include:
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children
- Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents
For providers caring for firefighters and other first responders, take the Helping Heroes web-based training: http://training.helping-heroes.org/user/login
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline for relatives in the US – call 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746.