PRESS RELEASE #3
Cruz County Health Services Agency
Health Press Release
are all shocked and saddened by the terrible events that happened today
in New York City, Pennsylvania, and our nation’s Capitol.
Californians are personally touched by the tragedy because of the
loss of lives aboard the airliners headed to Los Angeles and San
Francisco, and because many people in California have loved ones on the
East Coast who they are concerned about.
Santa Cruz chapter of the American Red Cross Mental Health Team and
Santa Cruz County Mental Health offer the following information and
suggestions for coping with this very difficult and tragic situation.
events have evoked strong and deep reactions in both adults and
Fear and anger are among the most common emotions.
It is important for people to realize that their reactions are
normal in these very abnormal and tragic circumstances, and to know that
there are things people can do to cope and to help each other through
these difficult times.
reactions include shock, disbelief, disorientation, fear, worry about
safety, concern about loved ones, and grief.
After the initial shock wears off, people may have mood swings,
crying, jumpiness, irritability, fatigue, feeling overwhelmed, trouble
concentrating, and difficulty sleeping.
One of the most common reactions in a human-caused disaster of
this type is intense anger.
are affected by what they see and hear on television, and by how their
Common reactions in children include asking questions about what
happened and why, fear for safety, distractibility, not wanting to be
separated from family, regression to behaviors from a younger age, fear
of sleeping alone, headaches and stomachaches, and a decline in school
following are some suggestions for dealing with the psychological and
emotional impact of these terrorist events:
can assist your children with some of the following suggestions: