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Santa Barbara Response Network
updated: Jun 14, 2014, 10:00 AM

Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN) has been doing remarkable work to help UCSB students and others who have been emotionally suffering in the aftermath of the recent IV mass shooting.

This organization has been a key player in leading and coordinating efforts to provide comfort, support, and PFA to those affected by the traumatic events in IV that recently occurred.

Our Mission Statement:
The Santa Barbara Response Network(SBRN) is a grassroots community organization dedicated to offering social support, mainly in the form of Psychological First Aid (PFA), to assist in recovery from traumatic incidents.

Our Goal:
The goal of SBRN is to offer Psychological First Aid (PFA) and provide support for resilient recovery from traumatic events in the community such as:
• attempted or completed suicides
• violent injuries and deaths
• natural disasters
• or other traumatic incidences

Services:
Psychological First Aid (PFA) -
PFA is supported by mental health experts as the "intervention of choice" when responding to the psychosocial needs of children, adults, and families affected by trauma. PFA provides individuals with effective skills and techniques to help them manage their distress and cope with adversities. It also assists in connecting those in need to additional services and resources.

SBRN offers:
•Free services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
•Immediate and culturally sensitive psychological support, without creating secondary problems
•Assistance from a trained PFA responder to any residence in the Santa Barbara region
•Education about short-term coping and long-term wellness behaviors

  • Referrals to local agencies for continued care

    Community Involvement:
    The Santa Barbara Response Network was formed in 2009 when concerned members of the community came together to take action in the face of a cluster of suicides among our local Latino youth. Since that time, SBRN trained volunteers have been providing PFA in the aftermath of numerous traumatic community incidents to families and witnesses impacted by violent death, suicide, or injury.

    To learn more, read their brochure or visit their Facebook page.

     

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