Helping Others Struggling with Trauma-Related Stress

It is often challenging to provide assistance and support to others struggling with Trauma-related stress. Some tips for helping others include:

  • Remain calm Listen to the person's concerns

  • Inquire as to how you can be helpful

  • Give information if you have it, but if you don't then seek help

  • Refer the individual to Counseling and Wellness Services (775-4507)

  • Monitor you own stress level and take care of yourself.

If you find that the person that you are concerned about is experiencing prolonged symptoms, then seek consultation and refer the person to the Center for Psychological Services. Prolonged symptoms may include:

  • Depression, Anxiety, and/or mood swings

  • Feelings of guilt, grief, fear, and/or numbness

  • Becoming socially withdrawn

  • Restlessness, agitation, and/or difficulty relaxing

  • Increased use of substances (alcohol/drugs)

  • Changes in appetite and/or sleep patterns

  • Forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and/or confusion

  • Nightmares or dreams of traumatic event

  • Flashbacks to the traumatic event

  • Loss of energy

  • Gastrointestinal distress, nausea, and/or vomiting

  • Dizziness, rapid heart beat, trembling, muscle tension and/or being easily startled

  • Continually focused on the event(s)

  • Has difficulty meeting typical school/work/life responsibilities

Remember it is important that you take care of yourself. If we can be of assistance, please feel free to call for consultation or support (937) 775-3407.