DMH Responder Newsletters


IDMH is proud to work with our partners at the New York State Department of Health and Office of Mental Health to provide content for the New York DMH Responder, a quarterly newsletter that is emailed to thousands of healthcare workers, mental health helpers, and emergency responders state-wide. These newsletters are meant to keep personnel up to date about current research, interventions, and trainings that can help them prevent and respond to disasters in our communities. We hope you'll find them informative as well.



Summer 2021

  • Organizational Resilience and Making Meaning: During COVID-19 and Beyond
  • Strategies for Building Resilient Workforces
  • Research Brief: Troubling Data on Worker Well-Being 
  • Save the Date! - 17th Annual Institute for Disaster Mental Health Conference -
    From 9/11 to Covid-19: Lessons from Two Decades of Disaster Response

Spring 2021

  • 2020 Webcast Highlights: How Long Has Your “Check Engine” Been Light On? Enhancing Your Understanding of Yourself and Stress During COVID-19
  • Self-Care That Actually Works
  • Fight Caution Fatigue!
  • Research Brief: Coping with COVID-Related Sleep Problems

Fall 2020

  • The DMH Training Challenge: Maintaining Readiness for Traditional Disasters Amid the Pandemic
  • Research Brief: Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Additional Resources

Fall 2019

  • Understanding and responding to Traumatic Loss and Bereavement 
  • Supporting Survivors after Traumatic Loss
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: An Essential Service in Disaster Emotional Care
  • Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos 
  • Research Brief: Secondary trauma and posttraumatic growth among mental health clinicians involved in disaster relief activities following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan
  • Preventing and Managing Stress

Spring/Summer 2019

  • Protecting and Promoting Children's Resilience to Extreme Adversity when Facing Violence and Disasters
  • Taking Charge of Vicarious Trauma & Work-Related Distress
  • Stress Mitigation: Management and Leadership Roles in Promoting Organizational Resilience 
  • Communicating Effectively with Victims and Families: A Workshop for Emergency Repsonse Professionals
  • Creative Approaches to Engaging Children in Trauma Processing 
  • Psychological First Aid: NY Train-the-Trainers Delivered Statewide
  • Research Brief: Involving Children in Disaster Risk Reduction

Fall 2018

  • The Psychological First Aid- New York Training Initiative
  • Why Train in PFA?
  • In the World of Psychological Support, What's in a Name?
  • PFA Practice: What Would YOU Do?
  • Research Brief: PFA is Evidence-Informed, Not Evidence-Based

Fall 2017

  • Superstorm Sandy and the Changing Scope of Weather Events: What Have We Learned?
  • Hurricane Sandy's Impact
  • Hurricane Readiness: Building your Tech To-Go Bag

Summer 2017

  • Supporting People with Functional Needs 
  • Lack of Physical Activity Adds to Children's Post-Disaster Issues
  • Federal Preparedness Goals for Assisting Children 
  • Assisting Special Populations: Older Adults
  • Long-Term Impact of Disaster Response on Counselors


Spring 2017

  • Why Infectious Diseases?
  • Keynote: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get More Complicated!
  • Behavioral Health and Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Lessons from the Field
  • Lessons Learned: Treating Ebola In Bellevue Hospital


Winter 2017

  • Training Summary: Mental Health Consequences of Infectious Disease Outbreak
  • IDMH’s Conference “Psychosocial Response to Pandemic Disasters, Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism”
  • Research Brief: Fear-Related Behaviors in the 2015 Ebola Outbreak


Fall 2016

  • Maintaining Preparedness Between Disasters
  • Keep Training Your Personnel Keep Your Own Plans Up to Date
  • Dr. Amy Nitza Takes Helm at the IDMH
  • Training: Mental Health Consequences of Infectious Disease Outbreak
  • Research Brief: Can Imagining Disaster-Related Distress Motivate Preparedness?


Summer 2016

  • Fighting Fear with Facts: Lessons for Helpers in Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Crisis Counseling after the Sandy Hook School Shooting
  • Talking to Survivors after Traumatic Loss
  • Children and Media:The Hidden Stressor
  • Maintaining Responder Resilience through Extreme Disasters: Self-Care Beyond Lip Service
  • Introducing the New Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health Practice Training


Spring 2016

  • The National Transportation Safety Board’s Family Assistance Model –The Big Picture
  • Understanding Traumatic Bereavement
  • When Planes, Trains, and Buses Crash: Multiple Response Perspectives
  • Aviation Accident Case Study Workshop
  • Engaging Faith Communities in Crisis Settings: Increasing Religious Literacy and Competency 
  • A New York State Structured Mental Health Response to Disaster


Winter 2016

  • Training Highlights:
  • Responding to a Mass
  • Shooting Incident
  • The Role of Disaster Behavior
  • Health (DBH) Following a Mass Shooting Incident
  • Research Brief: Impact of a Mass Shooting Response on ED Staff


Fall 2015

  • Supporting People with Functional Needs
  • Continuing Education Resources
  • Training - “Disaster Mental Health Response to a Mass Shooting Incident: Victims, First Responders and Community”
  • Research Brief: Emergency Preparedness among People with Disabilities


Summer 2015

  • Ten Years after the Storm: Long-Term Mental Health Effects of Hurricane Katrina
  • Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon: The Threat of Cumulative Trauma
  • Katrina-Based Reading
  • Guest Feature Article - Katrina Revisited: Understanding Catastrophic Events
  • DMH Training – Disaster Mental Health Response to a Mass Shooting Incident: Victims, First Responders and Community
  • Research Brief: Long-Term Impact of Disaster Response on Counselors


Spring 2015

  • Summary of IDMH Conference - "Preparing for the Health and Mental Health Consequences of Climate Change"
  • Research Brief: Potential Pitfalls in Scientific Communication


Winter 2015

  • Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change
  • IDMH Conference "Preparing for the Health and Mental Health Consequences of Climate Change"
  • Research Brief: How Young People Cope with Climate Change


Fall 2014

  • Fighting Fear with Facts: Lessons for Helpers in Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Ebola Resources
  • Research Corner: Nursing Ebola Patients in Central Africa


Summer 2014

  • Children and Media: The Hidden Stressor
  • Federal Preparedness Goals for Assisting Children
  • Research Brief: Lack of Physical Activity Adds to Children's Post-Disaster Issues


Spring 2014

  • 11th Annual IDMH Conference Presentation Summaries
  • Research Brief: How Does Your Website Rate?
  • Survey Invitation: Share Your Views on Warnings


Winter 2014

  • Technology Round-up
  • 11th Annual IDMH Training & Conference
  • Research Brief: Family Communications during Deployment


Fall 2013

  • Maintaining Responder Resilience through Extreme Disasters: Self-Care beyond Lip Service
  • Lessons from Disaster Response Veterans
  • Project Hope – A Long-term Mental Health Response to Sandy
  • Research Corner: The Importance of Psychological Preparedness


Summer 2013

  • Crisis Counseling after the Sandy Hook School Shooting
  • Disaster Mental Health (DMH) Collaborative Planning
  • The SAFE Act and You: DMH Helpers' Reporting Responsibilities
  • Resources for Helpers after a Mass Shooting



Spring 2013

  • From Radiological Incidents to Nuclear Calamities: Social, Behavioral, and Risk Communication Issues in Radiation Emergencies
  • New York State's Response toRadiological Catastrophes
  • Understanding Post-Blast Human Behavior: Disaster Mental Health Overview
  • Radiation Preparedness Resources


Winter 2013: Hurricane Sandy Special Issue

  • Loss and recovery at South Beath Psychiatric Center
  • American Red Cross Response to Sandy
  • Disaster's Toll on Healthcare Workers


Fall 2012

  • Mass Casualty Incident overview
  • Talking to Survivors After Traumatic Loss
  • Small plane crash case study
  • Research: Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement


Spring 2012

  • Leadership in crisis
  • Special populations: People with disabilities
  • Research: People with disabilities in Katrina
  • IDMH conference report


Winter 2012

  • Mental health response to public health emergencies
  • Special populations: Children and families
  • Research: Impact of responding to health emergencies on helpers


Fall 2011

  • PFA in the field post Hurricane Irene
  • ARC and UHS response to Irene
  • Special populations: People with serious mental illness
  • Research: Posttraumatic growth survey


Summer 2011

  • 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program
  • Special populations: Older adults
  • Research: Costs and benefits of helping


Spring 2011

  • Preparing for 9/11 anniversary reactions
  • Lessons learned from disaster since 9/11
  • Research: 9/11 and young children
  • ICS overview


Please direct any questions or inquiries for trainings & interviews to the IDMH Graduate Student 
Assistant at or (845)-257-3477