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Coping With Disasters and Traumatic World Events

Emotional reactions to traumatic world events are normal. It is not uncommon to experience distress following an event, even when you are not directly affected. Most people manage with the support of family, friends and others in their communities. Others may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope and need additional help and support.

Disasters can cause us to re-experience feelings and memories related to previous disasters, such as the events of 9/11. In addition, other grief and loss experiences may resurface. The emotional impact that a disaster has varies from person to person. While those directly affected are more likely to need additional mental health support, it is not uncommon for individuals living thousands of miles away to experience stress and anxiety.

Five important things that you need to know are:
  • What are normal reactions to a disaster?
  • What can I do to cope better?
  • How can I help my children?
  • How do I know when to ask for help?
  • Where can I get help if I need it?

To download and read more click here: Coping With Natural Disasters and Traumatic World Events (PDF)

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