APA's Practice Directorate has released six brochures--available online and in print--to help the public develop resilience during the war in Iraq. The publications are an outgrowth of APA's public education campaign initiative, "The Road to Resilience," that was launched in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The six brochures contain age-appropriate information and are designed for parents and teachers of children in preschool through high school, as well as for other adults. Some of the tips offered include making connections with others, maintaining a daily routine, limiting exposure to war-related media coverage and having an emergency plan in place.
According to APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Russ Newman, PhD, JD, the public's anxiety surrounding recent world events created a demand for the materials. "Unlike one-time traumas, war requires its own kind of resilience because we don't know when a war will end," he says. "And especially in this war, terrorism has brought war closer to home than ever before."