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Coping with Stress after a Mass Violence Event
This is a difficult time for everyone affected and it’s important for people to connect with and support each other.
This is a difficult time for everyone affected and it’s important for people to connect with and support each other. The Red Cross offers the following tips to help people stay strong:
Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous.
Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
Spend more time with family and friends, and offer your support. Hug one another and listen.
Stay informed but limit media exposure of the events, especially for children. Children are often more vulnerable to stress reactions related to media than adults.
Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. Talk with them in ways that they can easily understand. Let them guide the conversation; share details only when they ask about them.
Watch for signs of stress in your family, friends and children. Get help from others if needed.
Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
For local support in Orlando, Florida, reach out to Family Emergency Hotline 407-246-4357.