Coping with Violent/Traumatic Events

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DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

It is common to feel stress symptoms before or after a crisis. Natural and human-caused disasters can have a devastating impact on people’s lives because they sometimes cause physical injury, damage to property, or the loss of a home or place of employment. Anyone who sees or experiences this can be affected in some way. Most stress symptoms are temporary and will resolve on their own in a fairly short amount of time. However, for some people, particularly children and teens, these symptoms may last for weeks or even months and may influence their relationships with families and friends. Common warning signs of emotional distress include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and they are making it hard to get things done, get through your daily day, or are getting worse, please call or text:
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or Text 1-800-985-5990
For more information on the Disaster Distress Helpline click on the link below:
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster.

WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS:

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP THEIR CHILDREN AFTER A DISASTER/TRAUMATIC EVENT OCCURS:

GET MORE HELP IF:

If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide talk to a licensed mental health professional, doctor or community or faith based provider.

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SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: August2021