Coping with Tragedy:
Experiencing, witnessing, or learning
of a traumatic event or major loss can produce significant
stress reactions. It is a normal reaction to an abnormal
situation. It is difficult to define a typical reaction
to trauma as each of us may respond differently. It
is important that you allow yourself and others to react
to trauma and loss in their own personal way. There
is no correct way to respond to trauma and loss. It
is critical that in your response to trauma that you
allow yourself to experience your feelings, take care
of yourself, and seek support from family and friends
and, if necessary, a mental health or health professional.
Trauma Response Checklist
Share your feelings with others
Recognize and validate your feelings of fear
Spend time in environments that feel safe and
Ask for help in completing tasks
Seek accurate information on the event and responses
to such events
Take a break from information on the tragedy
Seek consultation with a professional if you
feel unable to cope (Counseling and Wellness
Services - 775-3407 / Student Health Services
- 775 - 2552)
Recognize that you cannot control everything.
There are things in our life that are reasonably
within our control and things that are not. It
is sometimes difficult to recognize the difference.
If you draw strength from faith, you may find
solace in prayer.
Find something to do - volunteer time, donate
resources, try to make a difference in a positive
Allow yourself time to heal and cope.