After The Fire: Your Emotional Well-Being

Thursday, November 01, 2007 |

After The Fire - Your Emotional Well-Being. Click for more information...After a disaster, such as the recent Southen California wildfires, many of us - including those who witnessed events from afar, can begin to experience sadness, anger, guilt or numbness. Trouble sleeping, being constantly "on the lookout" for danger, or jumpy and irritable are among the myriad of symptoms.

Even something predictable and earlier survived, like a rainstorm, seasonal winds or media reports of another disaster, may bring a sudden, overwhelming and inexplicable sense of anxiety. These are all normal reactions to stress.

Keep in mind that returning to the way we felt before a disaster may take time. If you are having trouble managing your feelings, completing daily tasks, or caring for your family, please talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.

Among the help available throughout Southern California is a 2-1-1 hotline. 2-1-1 is a toll-free number available around the clock to help you connect with health and human services, including crisis management and intervention referral. Here are some additional resources:

American Psychological Association: 1-800-964-2000

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress: 1-310-235-2633

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

2 comments:

Tina said...

This is a great and timely post! Indeed, after any disaster, people feel many emotions and it can be overwhelming. Thank you for spreading the word about the importance of emotional health and that there is help available.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Tina,

Thanks for visiting the LAFD News & Information blog.

You are most welcome. The overall health of a community can be measured in many ways, not the least of which is the mental well-being of residents (including emergency responders!).

We hope that many of those we proudly serve will join Firefighters in taking the rightful and necessary advantage of emotional support when needed.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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