The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks may cause anxiety or stress for many Americans, especially those who witnessed the destruction first hand or who lost a loved one. During this time, it’s likely that the news media will show many images of the attacks, which could trigger difficult emotions for some. APA has developed resources to help people cope and build resilience. This page provides links to some of these resources.
In addition, APA partnered with Nick News With Linda Ellerbee, which developed a special TV report, “What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001.” The special premiered on Nickelodeon on Sept. 1 and will be available on iTunes as a free podcast and in Nickelodeon's video-on-demand offerings for September. APA worked with Nick News to create a discussion guide to help parents, educators and caregivers to talk to kids about the difficult emotions that might arise as attention to the anniversary grows.
Resources for parents and educators
- 9/11 Anniversary May Create Worries in Some Kids
- Nick News — "What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001"
- Discussion guide for parents, caregivers and educators (PDF, 2.81MB)
- Helping kids cope in an uncertain world
- 9/11 10 years later
- Video: Psychologist talks about 9/11
- Seared in our memories
- Muslims in America, post 9/11
- 9/11: A media-shaped memory
- Psychologists' memories of 9/11
- Statement by APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, about Sept. 11 anniversary
- Ten Years Later, 9/11 Tragedy Has Wide-Ranging Psychological Impacts
Resilience information, resources and guides
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that anyone can learn and develop.