Stress management strategies
• Studies indicate that man-made disasters are more psychologically damaging than natural disaster
• 85% of all people who experience a traumatic event will show symptoms within 24 hours
• Most symptoms will dissipate within 3 weeks with proper support
In addition to helping law enforcement agencies develop Stress Management Units (SMU), and providing training on stress management the CCF also works with survivors to assist them in identifying stress. In addition we provide support and training to individuals who desire to deal with their stress and reach their potential as an advocate.
Survivors of homicides and rape unusually experience strong emotional reactions, which have the potential of interfering with their ability to function immediately or later at home or work.
Even though the event may be over, they may be experiencing or experience later, some strong emotional or physical reactions. It is very normal for people to experience emotional aftershocks when they have passed through a traumatic event.
The emotional aftershocks (or stress reactions) may appear immediately after the traumatic event. Sometime reactions appear a few hours or a few days later. And, in some cases, weeks or months may pass before the stress reactions appear.
The sign and symptoms of stress reactions may last a few days, a few weeks, or a few months and occasionally longer depending on the severity of the traumatic event.
With understanding and support of loved ones, stress reactions may pass more quickly. Occasionally, the traumatic event is so painful that professional counseling may be necessary. This does not imply personal weakness... It simply indicates that the trauma of the event was just too overwhelming for the individual to manage themselves.