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Emotional Support in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Profound sadness, grief and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. While we each have different needs and different ways of coping, many find it helpful to talk with someone about their feelings. This includes talking with family and friends and/or with a health professional. The following resources and information are available to support our community in responding to and recovering from tragedy.

       Helping You Cope (wallet card)
       Helping Students Cope (wallet card)
       More information on coping with tragedy: Achieve Solutions
       Virginia Community Resources List (PDF)
       Virginia Tech Human Resources

Acute Stress Disorder: Responses to a Traumatic Event (PDF)
       After a Disaster: Self-Care Tips for Dealing With Stress (PDF)
       Common Reactions to Trauma (PDF)
       Coping with Grief After a Sudden Death (PDF)
Coping With Guilt After Surviving a Traumatic Event (PDF)
       Dealing with Anti-Asian Sentiments (PDF)
       Depression as a Response to Trauma (PDF)
       Drugs and Alcohol Not the Way to Cope With Grief, Trauma or Fear (PDF)
       Exhaustion in the Wake of Trauma (PDF)
       Facts About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PDF)
       How Do I Know if I Have Acute Stress Disorder? (PDF)
       Important Message About Diagnosing Others (PDF)
       Phases of Traumatic Stress Reactions in a Disaster (PDF)
       Self-care Primer for Trauma Helpers (PDF)
       Self-care Tips for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers (PDF)
       Signs and Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PDF)
       Support for Trauma Responders (PDF)
       Tips for Survivors: Managing Your Stress (PDF)
       Tips for Survivors: What To Expect (PDF)
       What Happens to People After a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event? (PDF)
       When Should I Seek Professional Help? (PDF)
       When a Friend or Loved One has Been Traumatized (PDF)

Helping Others
       After a Disaster What Teens Can Do (PDF)
       Caring for Kids After Trauma and Disaster (PDF)
       Families Can Help Children Cope With Fear and Anxiety (PDF)
       How to Listen to Someone Who Is Hurting
       Helping After a Tragedy
       Helping Your Children Cope with Ongoing Fears (PDF)
       How to Talk to Your Children About Violence (PDF)
       Talking to Your Child About School Violence (PDF)

For Managers
       A Guide for Managers and Supervisors In Times of Uncertainty (PDF)
       Coping With Random Violence: EAP Is Here for You & Your Employees (PDF)
       Helping Employees After a Traumatic Event
       Managing the Impact of Random Violence
       When an Employee Is Grieving

For Faculty        
       Guidelines to Help Students Respond & Cope With VA Tech Shootings (PDF)        How to Help Yourself and Your Students (PDF)
       Tips for Students Managing Distress in Aftermath of VA Tech Shootings (PDF)

       "Recovering Strategies" (Posted on April 23, 2007)
       "Self Care After Tragedy" (Posted on April 23, 2007)