With Hurricane Florence's impact to the Southeastern U.S., and Hawaii experiencing extreme storms and natural disasters, and with residents of Puerto Rico and Texas still recovering from 2017's storms, the APA Foundation is asking for donations that will go towards the shorter-term recovery needs and long-term mental health needs of those affected.
We know that when disaster strikes, having immediate food, care, and supplies can lessen the trauma. As a mental health organization, we understand that this basic support can reduce some of the emotional trauma each individual, family, and community experiences.
In the wake of increasingly devastating natural disasters, there are many phases to disaster response. The American Psychiatric Association Foundation provides professional, financial, and strategic support to nonprofit organizations throughout the many phases of recovery in federally designated disaster areas.
Support the Foundation’s recovery efforts:
- Contribute to the APA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.
- Share educational resources from the APA Disaster and Trauma webpage and information about the APA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund with your colleagues—together, we can make a difference.
- Become a disaster mental health volunteer through the American Red Cross—your expertise will be well placed and it is best to deploy through an organization, like the American Red Cross, that has the experience and support to put you in the right location to maximize your contribution.
Your Funding Impact:
The Foundation supports the efforts of the American Red Cross' Disaster Services Program, including their Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Program. Additionally, the Foundation works with APA District Branches to raise awareness, funds, and direct support where and when it is needed most. We will continue to update this page with more information as the response to Hurricane Florence develops.