- Published on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:01
- Written by Super User
Following three separate shooting incidents on military installations in the past week, the American Red Cross reminds members of the military and their loved ones that there are things they can do to help cope during these challenging times. The two most recent incidents occurred at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and near the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and followed the tragedy last week at Fort Hood in Texas. “Although members of military communities are very resilient, some may find themselves facing a challenging time coping with these incidents,” said Joshua Cain, Service to Armed Forces Director for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross. “People may experience uncertainty and anxiety. It’s okay to feel anxious and there are steps people can take to help cope during this difficult time. ”
Here are a few things people can do to help cope with the situation:
• Take care of themselves. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
• Be patient with themselves and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
• This is a time where people should take care of themselves and their families. For example, reach out to others to offer and receive support.
• Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety.
• People should be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy.
• reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE With many members of the military being deployed overseas, some more than once, the Red Cross has workshops and courses available to help them and their families.