Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events, a fact sheet from SAMHSA

Posted on September 15, 2014

Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life

Are you struggling with a community or personal tragedy? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration has released a fact sheet to with coping with traumatic events. The Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event fact sheet offices self-help tips for coping with the aftermath of trauma.

The guide also discusses the long-term impact of trauma, including personal uncertainties, family relationship changes, work disruptions, and financial concerns, and offers tips on being a trauma survivor.

Disasters and traumatic events touch all of our lives. About two thirds of the U.S. population have reported experiencing at least one personal traumatic event before the age of 18.1 Many people experience trauma due to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and other storms and human-caused events like mass violence and terrorism. 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 have the ability to recover and are quite resilient. For those who continue to suffer, help is available.

SAMHSA also has a version of the guide specifically for college students coping with traumatic events, so if you are a student in the Bloomington area, at Indiana University, Ivy Tech, or otherwise thing it is applicable to you, you might want to check it out.

Pub id: SMA13-4775
Publication Date: 1/2005
Popularity: 183
Format: Fact Sheet
Population Group: Trauma Survivors
Tags: Mental Health Promotion Self-Help Stress Prevention & Management Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Trauma