Empathy we all feel for others’ suffering can become an overwhelming trigger, especially during 2020 and 2021 with worldwide anxiety and distress over the pandemic and related lock downs is amplified in recent wildfire, heat-wave, and building-collapse crises.
We have all had to track news to keep up with progress on managing these disasters, so we are all very vulnerable to ending up wounded vicariously – or, in the case of survivors of trauma, re-wounded.
Here is the best resource of which I know. I use this website often, and their Coping Tips for Traumatic Events is second to none. Read it. Bookmark it. Share it.
Disaster Distress Helpline
This is for everyone, from first responders to … you!
Español: Llama o envía un mensaje de texto 1-800-985-5990 presiona “2”
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing ASL Callers:
To connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language, call 1-800-985-5990 from your videophone. ASL Support is available 24/7.