2020 Annual Report

View the interactive Hostage US 2020 Annual Report by clicking the thumbnail below. On mobile devices, please view a PDF of the report here 2020 Annual Report.

MSG & CEO Damon Walsh 5k race for Hostage US

Damon Walsh, CEO and Co-Founder of Mission Solutions Group (MSG) and a team of MSG runners are racing to raise money for Hostage US in the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K and Half Marathon! Damon has gone above and beyond by spearheading this team with a fundraising goal of $5000 going toward the families and hostages we serve. Join MSG and their … Read More

Hostage US’s Inaugural Reception

On April 30th, supporters of Hostage US joined us for our Inaugural Reception.  Keynote speakers Lisa Monaco and Jason Rezaian did a wonderful job showing us from two different angles – government and former hostage – the overwhelming difficulties in managing a hostage experience.  We thank them and our other speakers who brought their passion for Hostage US’s work and … Read More

Hostage US announces new Board and Advisory Council Members

Hostage US announces new Board and Advisory Council Members · Former hostage elected to Board of Directors · Former special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism joins Advisory Council · Former presidential envoy for Hostage Affairs joins Advisory Council Washington, D.C., September 19, 2018 – Hostage US today announced its newest Board and Advisory Council members. Journalist … Read More

Mental and Emotional Impacts of Stress

This article highlights the impact of stress on a variety on mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. It also discusses possible personality changes that can result from high levels of stress.

Managing Stress for a Healthy Family

This article from the American Psychological Association provides tips for managing stress in daily life in order to maintain health across a family unit.

Grief, Loss and Bereavement

This article touches on typical behaviors of those experiencing grief, the different types of grief and the links between grief and depression.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Others Through Grief

This article helps highlight common misconceptions about interacting with those that are grieving, from feeling a need to say something or relating to personal past grief. It provides tips to best help those experiencing grief process their loss and the emotions that come with it.

Vicarious Trauma Tool Kit

This article from the Office of Victims of Crime covers vicarious trauma, its symptoms and its effects. It covers who is at risk for experiencing vicarious trauma and suggestions to minimize risk for experiencing it.

Vicarious Trauma

This article touches upon the different types of symptoms that are associated with vicarious trauma, varying from behavioral to cognitive. It discusses the effects of vicarious trauma on mental health and self-care tips to prevent or reduce risk for vicarious trauma.

Working with Trauma Survivors: What Workers Need to Know

This article from the US Department of Veterans Affairs touches upon different reactions that trauma survivors can have when receiving treatment and how to best accommodate these. It also touches upon vicarious trauma and the effects it can have on a worker in both the professional and personal setting.

Vicarious Trauma Fact Sheet

This fact sheet helps explain different signs and symptoms of someone experiencing vicarious trauma and how it can effect a person in both a professional and personal setting.

Navigating Communication in Relationships After Trauma

This resource dives into communication challenges in relationships in which one or both parties involved have suffered a trauma. It discusses three different types of improper communication that can stem in relationships as a result of trauma, and how to best foster communication within intimate relationships.

Relationships and Communication

This resource provides insight into the importance of communication within relationships and features tips to improving communication.

Helping Loved Ones Live with Trauma

This resource can be useful for those who want to provide support a loved one experiencing symptoms of a trauma. It discusses dealing with stress and tips to help foster open communication.

Trauma’s Impact on Intimate Relationships

This article is a resource for those who need to learn to adapt their intimate relationships because of trauma. It provides tips to best accommodate the trauma a loved one may live with and the impacts of said trauma on relationships overall.

Exercise for Stress and Anxiety

This article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America links the benefits of exercise and the positive effects it can have on stress and anxiety.