Learn about the common warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress that children, adults, and first responders often experience.

To assist policymakers at all levels of government in identifying evidence-based programs and making data-driven budget decisions, the project has created the Results First Clearinghouse Database. This one-stop online resource provides an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses.

Firefighters and EMS professionals and their families must have the resources to deal with the various complications that their jobs can bring to their lives, especially issues regarding emotional and psychological stress. They must also have help available to deal with the problems in living that all of us sometimes face, regardless of the work we do, especially regarding family, finances or even drug and alcohol issues.

Individuals in your school, organization, or community who are experiencing severe emotional distress may need a range of services. A full continuum of care includes not only hotlines and helplines but also mobile crisis teams, walk-in crisis clinics, hospital-based psychiatric emergency services, and peer-support programs. Crisis services directly address suicide risk by providing evaluation, stabilization, and referrals to ongoing care.


These tips and strategies can help you guide you, and your children through, the current crisis. If you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed or you or your child shows persistent signs of stress or agitation, you may want to consider talking to someone who could help. A licensed mental health professional can assist you in developing an appropriate strategy for moving forward.