Police, Fire, and other First Responders
Violence or disasters can cause trauma in young people. Trauma results from hurt, harm or intense fear. It can be caused by harm to a person’s body. It can be caused by fear in a person’s mind. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) works to help children who experience trauma. Other Federal agencies also provide help.
Rescue workers play important roles. They help children who experience violence or disaster. They help children cope with trauma. They help protect children from further trauma. They also help young people avoid or overcome emotional problems. These problems can result from trauma.
This fact sheet provides steps rescue workers can take. It gives information on: