How To Manage Behavioral Health Issues After Disasters

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Updated Tip Sheets: Managing Behavioral Health Issues After a Disaster

You can now download revised tip sheets designed to help specific audiences cope more effectively with the behavioral health challenges that often follow a disaster. Audiences include children to college-age students, disaster survivors, and responders.


Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What To Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life

Family

For some survivors, disasters can remind them of earlier trauma and make it harder to recover. But with good social support and coping skills, most survivors are resilient and have the ability to recover. This tip sheet explains how traumatic events affect survivors in all facets of life and provides tips for managing the effects after the event.


Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: Managing Stress

Stress

It is common for survivors to show signs of stress after exposure to a disaster or other traumatic event. Monitoring physical and emotional health is important. This tip sheet lists symptoms of stress, offers tips for relieving it, and provides helpful resources for those who wish to seek additional help for themselves or someone they care about.


Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

School

When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. This tip sheet informs parents, caregivers, and teachers about common reactions children and youth may have after an event. The sheet also provides helpful responses when talking directly to affected children and tips for when to seek additional support.


Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma

College

This tip sheet lists common reactions to disasters and other traumatic events as a way to reassure students that they are not alone in their reactions. Tips for coping include reaching out to supportive friends and family as well as other ways college students can manage their reactions.


Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma:
R U A Survivor of a Disaster or Other Trauma? How R U Doing?

College

This tip sheet uses text-message shorthand to reach college students whose primary means of communication is electronic. Tips for coping after a disaster or other traumatic events are presented using common icons and text-messaging abbreviations.

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