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Coping with Crisis and Stress

A day in the life of a college student has new meanings in these times. Each person responds to crisis differently. It is important though, to understand the potential reactions that accompany crisis and to know how to care for yourself during times of extreme stress. The information below has been created to assist you during times of stress and crisis. You may also check out the resources listed below.

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering From Natural Disasters and Other Traumatic Events- American Psychological Association

Coping After Traumatic Events

Coping with the Tragedy in Boston

Talking to Children About the Bombing

Common Reactions After Trauma

Self Care After Disasters

Strategies for Managing Anxiety in Uncertain Times

Helping Students in Uncertain Times

Managing Your Anxiety about H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Tips for College and University Students: Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of Shootings

How to talk about a Crisis in Class -- Tips for Faculty

Stress Tip Sheet 

Resources for Coping with the Aftermath of a Mass shooting:

Disaster Distress Helpline;  the nation’s first permanent hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via telephone (1-800-985-5990)

American Psychological Association: Reacting to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Managing your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting, Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

US Department of Education: Psychological First Aid for Students and Teachers

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting

American Red Cross Red Cross Provides Support in Connecticut

American Academy of Pediatrics: Talking to Children About Disasters

New York Life: After a Loved One Dies--How Children Grieve and How Parents and Other Adults Can Support Them

ChildMind: The Connecticut School Shooting: How to Help Children Cope with Frightening News--Processing Grief and Fear in a Healthy Way

Typical Responses to Crisis

Emotional Responses

Behavioral Responses

Cognitive Responses

Physical Responses

Tips for Coping and Self-Care

How to Support a Friend in Crisis

Thank you to Mary Washington College Psychological Services Center for sharing prepared printed materials with Mason.

Campus and Community Resources

Mason Counseling and Psychological Services
(703) 993-2380, SUB I, Room 3129

Mason Student Health Services
(703) 993-2831, SUB I, Suite 2300

Mason Dean of Students
(703) 993-2884, SUB I, Room 4211

Mason Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education
(703) 993-2700 Suite 2400

Woodburn Community Mental Health Center
(703) 573-0523

CrisisLink Hotline
(703) 527-4077