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Coping with Stress after a Mass Violence Event

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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.
  • Click here for helpful strategies and tools to help your family and friends.