Are You Stressed? - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Are You Stressed? Resources for People in Disaster, Emergency or Crisis

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When Terrible Things Happen

What Helps:

  • Talk with and listen to others
  • Do things that help you relax:
    • Breathe deeply
    • Listen to music
    • Do things you enjoy like sports, hobbies, reading
  • Move your body, exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Get enough sleep
  • Try to keep a normal schedule
  • Learn what things stress you out
  • Check in on friends and family
  • Focus on what you can do instead of what you cannot do
  • Take breaks from the news and social media

What Does NOT help:

  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than you should
  • Avoiding thinking or talking about the event
  • Avoiding family, friends, or activities
  • Watching a lot of TV, and social media
  • Playing a lot of computer or video games
  • Doing risky things like driving dangerously or abusing substances

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Psychological First Aid is a tool to help people reduce stress symptoms in themselves and others after a traumatic event or crisis.

Online Training:

Phone App:

Signs of Stress Related to a Crisis

  • Sleeping or eating problems
  • Pulling away from people & events
  • Having very little or no energy
  • Feeling sore or in pain
  • Feeling sad, numb, helpless, hopeless, confused, forgetful, angry, upset, worried, or scared.

Warning Signs: Get Help Now!

If you, or someone you know, is talking about harming themselves or others, get help now! Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990). Danger signs include:

  • Thinking of hurting or killing yourself or someone else
  • Saying things like wanting to "end it all" or "go to sleep and never wake up again"
  • Giving away possessions
  • Unable to perform daily tasks
  • Excessive anger
  • Yelling or fighting with family or friends
  • Driving under the influence
  • Using drugs

Having Trouble Coping After a Crisis or Stressful Event?

Disaster Distress Helpline

The SAMHSA* Disaster Distress Hotline is available for call or text 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is free and confidential.

PHONE: 1-800-985-5990 and press 2

TEXT: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
For Spanish: "Hablanos" to 66746

*SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Updated Wednesday, 29-Jan-2020 07:54:19 CST