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Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers support to UD employees


1:43 p.m., Dec. 19, 2012--The tragic events that occurred in Newtown, Conn., have a broad impact, according to a representative of the University of Delaware Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP).

“Sudden, traumatic incidents affect everyone differently based on individual experiences and personalities,” the representative said, adding, “It is normal and healthy to be able to express our emotions, thoughts, and experiences with others.”

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FSAP staff members are available to listen and provide support in a completely confidential and non-judgmental setting for those who simply want to talk, as well as those who may be more deeply affected. 

Cecily Sawyer Harmon, FSAP coordinator, and Linda Everardo Spotts, FSAP behavioral health counselor, can be reached at 831-2414. For more information regarding the program’s services, see the website.

In addition, HMS, the external employee assistance plan, is available at 800-343-2186 or at its website.

FSAP has provided the following resources regarding the topic:

For parents

Article on “Helping Children Feel Safe in Unsafe Times,” About Our Kids, New York University Child Study Center.

National Institute of Mental Health information on “Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters,” in PDF format.

Dealing with traumatic events/media coverage exposure

Article on the Stress Management site on “Coping with the Impact of Random Shootings.”

Information on on “Healing Emotional and Psychological Trauma.”

Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, information on “Media Coverage of Traumatic Events.”

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