Sidran began in 1986 out of a family tragedy when a beloved family member who had been abused in childhood was subsequently diagnosed with serious, debilitating psychiatric problems and a related life-threatening medical disorder. Frustrated in their search for help for the complex needs of their family member at the time, the Sidran family convened professionals from a variety of disciplines, support program representatives, and national organizations to determine how they could best help their own loved one, and others. With each meeting it became apparent that gaps in basic understanding existed in service delivery, continuity of care, public policy, and sound research.
Sidran’s constituency is made up of any individuals or organizations touched by the effects of trauma, including
• adults, adolescents, and children who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events,
• supportive friends and family members,
• health, mental health, crisis, public safety, and victims services professionals
• support networks, schools, faith communities, and more.