The impact of a stressful event can be immediate or delayed, and those affected directly or indirectly can feel a range of emotions and reactions.

During stressful events our reactions can affect us physically or emotionally. It can affect our thinking.

You might have trouble sleeping, eating, or paying attention. Many people have short tempers and get angry easily. You may have strong feelings right away. Or you may not notice a change until much later, after the crisis is over. Stress can change how you act with your friends and family.

These are normal reactions to stress and it may take time before you feel better and life returns to normal. Give yourself time to heal. It's OK to NOT be Ok

Things you can do:

Focus on what needs to happen today. Try to:

  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Eat meals together.
  • Help other people in your community as a volunteer. Stay busy.
  • Accept help from family, friends, co-workers, or clergy. Talk about your feelings with them.
  • Children look to adults for guidance and comfort. It is important to talk openly and honestly about what is happening. Try to explain the nature of the problem in a way they will understand.
  • Let children know they can ask questions. Be patient, with yourself and everyone in your home.
  • Try to limit exposure to what is being watched on television and on social media.
  • News coverage of certain emergencies can be distressing. Never dismiss fears or anxieties.
  • Reach out for support when needed.

When should I get help?

Sometimes we need to get help from a health professional such as a psychologist, family doctor, psychiatrist, social worker or nurse. Ask for help if you:

  • Are not able to take care of yourself or your children.
  • Are not able to do your job.
  • Use alcohol or drugs to get away from your feelings.
  • Feel extremely helpless.
  • Feel sad or depressed for more than two weeks.
  • Having thoughts of hurting self or others
  • Think about suicide.

Where can I get help?

Residents and families that live in Timiskaming can access community mental health resources available:

  • The Kids Help Phone provides confidential 24/7 phone (1-800-668-6868), Live Chat ( and text (text TALK to 686868) counselling support to children, youth and young adults.
  • 211 connects callers to community, social, government and health service information in our area

Online resources include:

Responding to stressful events

Helping children and teens cope with stressful public events

Helping children cope

Helping teens cope

Taking care of ourselves, our families and our communities

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