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Traumatic Events Tip Sheets | Individuals and Families

Voices Center for Resilience Traumatic Events Tip Sheets
 
Guidance for Individuals and Families
 
 
 
Acts of violence, social or civil unrest, and domestic terrorism – such as the attack on the Capitol Building – has impacted individuals, families and communities. Additionally, feelings of uncertainty about the pandemic have also caused fear, anxiety and social isolation. Similar to the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, information and support is critical to build resilience and promote recovery during this turbulent time.
 
Helpful Mental Health Considerations
 
Create a “New Normal” for You and Your family
 
  • Establish a daily routine for meals, work, exercise, and sleep
  • Adopt a family plan to prevent spreading the disease
  • Ensure you and your family members socialize
  • Be prepared to have adequate food, supplies and medication on hand
  • Be informed about your local community guidelines
  • Rely on reputable sources for news updates
  • Limit overexposure to news and social media reports
  • If you are working from home, set boundaries to separate your work from time dedicated to your family
  • Take care of yourself, to better care for your family
 
Taking Care of Your Mind and Body
 
  • Engage in relaxing activities
  • Eat healthy food
  • Stay hydrated
  • Try to get regular exercise and sleep
  • Spend time outdoors and enjoy nature
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and drugs or participating in risky behaviors
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine, sugar, or nicotine
  • Use spirituality, meditation or relaxation techniques as an effective means of relieving stress
 
Other Helpful Tips
 
  • Find resources and support in your community. Identify professionals that can provide mental health and medical treatment, and other services.
  • Use trustworthy sources for information. During times of crisis, access to accurate information is critical. Rely on reputable organizations for guidance and avoid overexposure to news that can cause stress.
  • Expand your social support system and network. Stay in close contact with family and friends outside your household, by phone or by using technology to increase interactions and minimize isolation.
  • Express your emotions. Holding in your feelings can be unhealthy. Know that at times of uncertainty it’s normal to experience a range of emotions. Share your feelings with family and friends you can confide in.
  • We are in this together. Remember everyone’s journey is different, so be patient with yourself and others.
 

 
VOICES Support - Phone: 203-966-3911; Email: Support@VoicesCenter.org
 
VOICES Mission - From 9/11 to today, Voices Center for Resilience assists communities in preparing for and recovering from tragedy, and provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness, for victims’ families, responders and survivors.