Resources for Handling Traumatic Events

Trauma in the community.

Traumatic events occur daily. Although trauma affects people in different ways, there are some common post-trauma signs and symptoms may begin immediately, or might happen after a few days or weeks. This tip sheet explains common reactions and provides practical ways to cope with them. 

Recognizing and reducing anxiety in times of stress.

No one who sees or hears about a tragedy is untouched by it. Most of us will experience some related anxiety and stress that will fade over time. For some, however, such feelings may not go away on their own. Learn more about how to identify common reactions and what you can do to help.

Reactions to traumatic events.

It is common to feel emotional aftershocks after a traumatic event. Learn more about physical, mental, emotional and behavioral reactions to traumatic events.

Responding to children after a traumatic event.

Traumatic events can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, has seen the event on television, or has merely heard it discussed by adults, this will help you understand reactions by age group and give you tips for talking to children about a traumatic event.

Overcoming a traumatic event.

 Whether it is an incidence of violence, a workplace accident, or natural disaster; a trauma can leave you feeling unsafe and vulnerable.  Learn how to identify common responses to trauma and how to care for yourself.

What is PTSD?

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) defines PTSD as a disorder that can occur following a traumatic event. PTSD causes a person to become caught in a pattern that may increase anxiety, sleeplessness, anger or fear.