What do I need to think about when going through a disaster or emergency?
A disaster or emergency changes daily routines. It can put stress on relationships with family, friends, co-workers and the whole community. Anyone who goes through a disaster or emergency will be affected and will cope in different ways.
What can help when going through a disaster or emergency?
Everyone responds differently after a crisis. Some people may be doing well, others may be having a hard time. But, most people do recover, stay well, and go on to rebuild their lives. Some signs of stress after a disaster or emergency may include:
Physical and Behavioural
All of these signs of stress are common after a disaster or emergency. Usually these reactions ease over time. However, media reports, anniversaries, or experiencing a similar disaster or emergency may trigger stress from the past. If stress is limiting you from doing things you want to do, you should talk to someone you trust or seek help from a healthcare provider.
If you have thoughts of self-harm, harm to others, or suicide, make sure you aren’t alone—call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department
A disaster or emergency can affect many major areas of family life. It’s common for you and your family members to have confusing and sometimes scary thoughts and feelings that come and go. As life starts to return to normal, confusing feelings and scary thoughts should start to fade. Accept that it takes time to adjust to doing things differently. Knowing what to expect and taking action can help you and your family have a sense of hope, calm, safety, and wellbeing.
What do I need to think about?
How can I help my family?
Talk about concerns or changes to your physical health. Changes may be linked to emotional wellbeing and the ability to cope after a disaster or emergency.
How can I help?
What do I need to think about when it comes to money?
How can I help when it comes to money?
You don’t have to go through a disaster or emergency alone, ask for help when needed.
Current as of: May 9, 2018
Author: Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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