Steps to help you cope after tragedy

After a devastating and tragic event like the mass shooting in Orlando, people may experience many different emotions, such as fear, anger, confusion, shock, disbelief, sadness and grief.

rco_blog_img_psychfirstaidAll of these feelings are normal.

People’s reactions appear in different ways, not only in the way someone feels, but in the way they think and what they think about; their sleeping habits, how they go about daily living; and the way they interact and get along with others.

All of these reactions are normal.

Here are a few steps to help you and others cope:

  • Stay informed, but limit exposure to media coverage of the events.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
  • Stay connected with your family and other support systems. Reach out and accept help from others.
  • Encourage children to express their feelings and thoughts. Reassure them about their safety.
  • Reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support via the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

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