Vibrant’s Crisis Emotional Support Team promotes individual and community resilience by providing on-the-ground mental health and emotional support in the aftermath of disasters, emergencies, or localized crisis events across the United States and internationally.
In 2019, Vibrant Emotional Health joined forces with Disaster Psychiatry Outreach, a nonprofit organization with many years of experience coordinating psychiatrists to provide immediate mental health services following disasters on a volunteer basis. Building on this framework, Vibrant expanded the team to include other licensed mental health professionals, in addition to psychiatrists, to respond to disasters and other crises that occur in the community.
How We Help
Vibrant coordinates with organizations and communities affected by crisis events and/or disasters to provide mental health professionals who provide on-site emotional support and mental health services to individuals, groups and organizations as they recover from the aftereffects of traumatic events. Vibrant also provides education before and after traumatic events to help organizations and communities better understand the emotional impact of disasters or other crises and how they can support each other in their recovery. We also provide education to mental health professionals, first responders and others who are working with survivors.
When We Help
We provide mental health support after the following events:
-Natural or human-caused disasters
-Other emergencies that cause major disruption of individual or community functioning
-Death of a staff member or program participant
-Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health
-Psychological First Aid after Disasters
-Mental Health First Aid
-Supporting Individuals in Crisis (CAPE)
Join Our Team!
Vibrant welcomes mental health professionals to join our cadre of volunteer providers who provide education and mental health support. Volunteers will need to hold a valid license in a mental health profession and be willing to attend disaster mental health training in advance of providing services with the team.
To learn more about joining the team, or to request a training or support following a crisis event, please contact Lisa Furst, Assistant Vice President, Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education, at email@example.com