When most people think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they think of people who experience traumas—like violence, abuse, or an injury— themselves. However, children can also develop symptoms of PTSD when a parent or sibling suffers through tremendous traumatic events, illness, disease or injury. Unfortunately, doctors do not routinely screen these children for PTSD despite expert recommendations and symptoms are often missed.


As the son of a survivor who was catastrophically wounded in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, I know what it is like to suffer and not understand why, and when most attention is focused on the person acutely affected. Informed by the research, scholarly literature and my own experience, I offer this site as a place for young people to learn about the potential psychological effects on children whose parent(s) or sibling are injured, suffering chronic illness or disease, addiction, or psychological disturbances. I also offer this site as place where young people can find comfort, and understand that they are not alone. SOLVE is a place to learn about how PTSD may originate through a multitude of traumas, and most importantly, SOLVE looks to direct teens to sources where they can better understand why they may be suffering and where to get the right kind of help. My hope is that through SOLVE we can help mitigate the impact of PTSD on teens while, empowering them to better self advocate and advance their quests to (re)claim lives filled with healing and happiness. 


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Tyler Manning Founder

I am a freshman at Trinity College in Hartford CT. I am also the son of a 9/11 survivor. I was 10 months old when the World Trade Center terrorists attacks occurred killing 2977 people and injuring many others. Over the last 18 years, I witnessed my mom’s incredibly difficult and courageous recovery from catastrophic injury. Lack of interest by 9/11 child studies to address children of the catastrophically injured, coupled with misdiagnosis and inadequate detection assessments delayed my own healing. 

My goal through the creation of Saving Our Lives, (SOLVE) has been to alert and inform other teens who may be dealing with  undiagnosed relational trauma. This site includes my own research survey summaries,,PTSD resource information and care options. My hope is that SOLVE will help young people avoid misdiagnosis or prolonged undiagnosed PTSD.

I conducted research on PTSD under the guidance of a PHD. specializing in Trauma/Suicide Prevention from a leading Ivy League University, and I have continued to study why children of parents who have suffered grave illness, catastrophic injury, disease and other significant life interruptions are not routinely screened closely enough for PTSD even though these groups are at significantly increased risk.

Through establishing SOLVE chapters at high schools and colleges and universities I aim to provide programming in order to give young people the opportunity to join in safe spaces in an easy to access and fun social format. These social gatherings will give kids the opportunity to hear from both professionals and other young people like myself about our journeys, our healing and our success stories.  Peace.

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