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APA offers resources for those affected by Gulf oil disaster

APA’s Disaster Response Network has created resources to help people who work and live in states directly affected by the massive oil spill and anyone following media coverage

by Public Relations Staff

June 30, 2010 — As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of hundreds of thousands of gallons a day following a drilling rig explosion on April 20, the American Psychological Association (APA) Psychology Help Center is featuring two APA Disaster Response Network resources created to help people who work and live in states being directly affected and those who are watching media coverage of the situation from afar.

Both The Gulf Oil Disaster: Developing a Positive Outlook in the Face of Tragedy and Shore Up Your Resilience to Manage Distress Caused by the Oil Disaster in the Gulf offer practical suggestions of how people can draw strength from the positive aspects of their lives, recognize that tragedies are a part of life, and understand that it is possible to take steps to manage the current circumstances and move on.

Psychologists are encouraged to share these articles with clients and colleagues who are distressed by the disaster.