Disasters are stressful events which can impact us even after the disaster is over.
Experiencing stress is normal, but it is important to monitor your physical and mental health and that of your family after a disaster. You should also know how to relieve stress and know when to seek further help.
The SAMHSA guide, Tips for Survivors – Managing Stress after a Disaster, provides tips to identify signs of stress and offers techniques to relieve some of that stress.
You can also check out this video from the American Psychological Association on 5 Tips for Coping with Natural Disaster Stress.
Spiritual/Mental/Behavioral Health Resources:
- 2-1-1 / United Way Helpline – the best option for connecting with mental/behavioral health resources near you
- Houston Galveston Institute – 713-526-8390 or talkhgi.org