Resources and more information:
In response to the VA Tech shootings, APA has reorganized the home page of www.apahelpcenter.org to reflect materials relevant to the shooting.
APA has also gathered a group of psychologists who have extensive background and experience on the issue of youth violence. Drs. Peter Sheras and Jana Martin (CPA's Public Education Coordinator) have already been taking media calls. Dr. Sheras appeared on CNN Lou Dobbs and on Fox National. Dr. Martin talked to Newsweek Magazine.
The new tip sheet developed by APA is on the home page of the Virginia Tech Counseling Center web page, http://www.ucc.vt.edu/.
Also, mtvUniversity (mtvU) has posted links to APA materials on their mental health website, www.halfofus.com. (part of mtvU’s anti-stigma campaign with the JED Foundation for Suicide Prevention). There's a large VA Tech banner ad on the homepage to connect visitors to all relevant materials. Several of the APA fact sheets are listed with direct links. Also, mtvU posted a similar banner ad on 500 college newspaper websites that link to this material as well.
The American Psychological Association has informed us that the American Red Cross national headquarters is not recruiting any volunteers for relief efforts at Virginia Tech. There has been an overwhelming response to their initial call for volunteers, and they express their great appreciation for this response.
If you would like to find out how to help in future disasters, please contact CPA to learn about taking the Red Cross Foundations of Disaster Mental Health training or sign up through your local Red Cross chapter to assist the chapter in future emergencies or to possibly participate on national disasters through the Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources System.