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7 Tips for Coping in the Aftermath of a Tragedy
- Take care of yourself first. You cannot be of service to others if you are unstable. Be sure to eat, sleep, exercise, and (if possible) maintain a normal daily routine.
- Pay attention to your emotional health. Remember that a wide range of feelings during these difficult times are common. Know that others are also experiencing emotional reactions and may need your time and patience to put their feelings and thoughts in order.
- Recognize when you or those around you may need extra support. It is not uncommon for individuals of all ages to experience stress reactions when exposed (even through media) to shootings or mass violence. Pay attention to behaviors such as clinging in children and intense emotional reactions and anxiety or a strong need for retribution in adults.
- Limit media or social media time. While it is important to stay informed, media portrayals of shootings and mass deaths have been shown to cause acute stress and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Limit your exposure and take a break from news sources.
- Stay in contact with friends and family. These individuals can provide you with emotional support to help deal with difficult times.
- Remind yourself of people and events which are meaningful and comforting. Focus on your strengths and those of the community around you. Maintain practices that you have found to provide emotional relief.
- Talk to others as needed.It is important to ask for help if you are having trouble recovering and everyday tasks seem difficult to manage.
Source: American Counseling Association – www.counseling.org
NEED MORE SUPPORT?
Saturday, June 18th at 11 AM PT—Somos Familia is hosting a call for Latina/o/x LGBTQ people, allies and family members. It will be a space to talk about the impact of the shooting. our feeling and emotions, and get support from your extended familia. The call will be bilingual and inter-generational. All respectful participants are welcome. Call in and talk in your preferred language or just listen, if that’s what you need. Let’s heal together so that we can continue to build the world we want to live in where we are all free. Phone: 641-715-3272
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 provides immediate 24 hour crisis counseling in English and Spanish to people affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando Florida, sponsored by SAMHSA. The helpline can also be accessed in TTY for deaf and hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517.
If you are experiencing an emotional reaction to the news and wish to speak with someone, please call the Trevor Lifeline, regardless of your age: 1-866-488-7386