How Disasters Can Affect Our Mental Health
If you were involved in a disaster, you may be dealing with emotional issues even if you were not physically hurt. As you know, from your experience of living each day, the mental stress of a serious event may remain with you for hours, weeks or years. Many are surprised to learn that after a disaster, more people are mentally and emotionally affected than the actual number of physically injured survivors.
Disasters bring fear and uncertainty into daily life. Survivors can expect mixed emotional reactions, shock, numbness and lack of focus. Depending on the situation, some may develop anxiety or depression.
How We Can Help
If you or someone you care about needs help, contact us to get connected with a trained and caring professional. Our pro bono counseling program, SunBridge, assists Oklahomans in need of counseling services, but may be uninsured, underinsured or unable to afford their insurance co-pay.
If you want to learn more about coping with traumatic events, we have classes and printed materials available to you at no cost.
May 2013 Storm Survivors Support Group – We have started a free support group located in Norman for those affected by the May 2013 storms. These weekly open groups are on Monday mornings and Friday evenings. They will run through the end of June 2017, depending upon the amount of interest received. The support group is for individuals affected by the May 2013 storms living in Canadian, Cleveland, McClain, Oklahoma, or Pottawatomie counties. For details and to determine your eligibility for the support group, please contact Anetra L. House, MHR, LPC, LMFT, by phone at 405.928.4140.
Learn about Psychological First Aid Trainings Here – A training developed to teach first-responders, community members and other front-line volunteers how to promote an environment of safety, calm and connectedness, empowerment and hope. It is intended to minimize the distress behaviors that increase fear and anxiety.
For more information regarding disaster counseling and our pro bono counseling program SunBridge, you can also contact us at 918.585.1213 or 405.943.3700
Connect to Online Resources
Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery – http://www.samhsa.gov/disaster-preparedness
Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/recovering-emotionally
Helping Children Cope with Disaster – http://m.fema.gov/helping-children-cope-disaster