While everyone responds to emergencies in different ways, many people experience the same feelings and emotions. How are you feeling?
It’s normal for our bodies to react to trauma. Learn more about possible reactions and how to cope.
Tips on how to cope during the tough times
How to help others
It’s important to look out for friends and family. This section also has tips on how to look after pets and animals.
Getting extra support
What to do if you think you need more help, like counseling or professional assistance.
Coping with a major personal crisis
This booklet is for people who have recently have been involved in an emergency, disaster or other traumatic situation. It outlines common reactions and ways to help normal healing to occur. Reading and sharing the information in this booklet with family and friends may help you and others to better support you, however in some instances professional support may also be required.
Podcasts by Dr Rob Gordon
Dr Rob Gordon is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years experience with people affected by emergencies and disasters. In this time, he has advised Red Cross and governments on how to help people and communities as they rebuild and recover. Most recently, Dr Gordon has spoken at many community events to assist people affected by the Victorian bushfires understand their reactions to trauma and grief. Dr Gordon has recorded two podcasts for Red Cross:
Listen to a podcast about dealing with memorials and anniversaries.
Listen to a podcast about dealing with the stress of an emergency.