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Coping with a Traumatic Event



21 things you can do while living through a crisis

The Stanford Univeristy BeWell@Stanford Web site includes a list from Dr. Mark Lerner of 21 things you can do to help you cope with a crisis. Learn more.... 

Tips for Talking about Disasters

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What is a Traumatic Event?

When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control 

Supporting Children

Children are very sensitive. They struggle to make sense of trauma. They also respond differently to traumas. They may have emotional reactions. They may hurt deeply. They may find it hard to recover from frightening experiences. They need support. Adult helpers can provide this support.

The National Institute of Mental Health has prepared a booklet to help adults help children and adolescents.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope With Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do: Website  | Booklet 

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Support for Individuals and Families

The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. The CDC  provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience.

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