This newsletter is generated by the Office of Assistance Ministry and is intended to provide victims-survivors of sexual abuse and their families with updates on services and archdiocesan initiatives. If you wish to receive this newsletter by mail or email contact us at assistmin@archchicago.org or at 312-534-8267.

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May 2014

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Victims/Survivors Resources

The Office of Assistance Ministry strives to create programs and identify resources that will support the spiritual and emotional well being of victims-survivors and their families. If you are seeking referrals for counseling, spiritual direction, self help groups, educational information, or more, call (312) 534-8267.

Catholic Charities Holbrook Counseling Center offers professional counseling, mental health education and spiritual support. Call (312) 655-7725 or visit www.catholiccharities.net/holbrook for more information about individual, couple, or family counseling; support groups; and educational workshops.
Holbrook Center Brochure

National Center for PTSD
If you are an adult victim/survivor of childhood sexual abuse, it is possible that you may have experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD has four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event; feeling numb and feeling keyed up. For more information, visit www.ptsd.va.gov/public/

PTSD Coach App:
Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides you with reliable information. If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app may be for you. The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features include: reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work, tools for screening and tracking your symptoms, convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms, direct links to support and help always with you when you need it, providing you with facts and self-help skills based on research. Family and friends can also learn about PTSD and coping from this app. For more information, visit www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/PTSDCoach.asp