- Staff Support Information – Disasters and Critical Incidents
Staff Support Information – Disasters and Critical Incidents
When major events occur, it is very common for us to experience a range of thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical responses that are not usual, such as poor focus and concentration, feeling overwhelmed, difficulty sleeping or feeling sad for no apparent reason. These can be confusing and add further to the distress already being experienced.
Be assured that these are not unusual or alarming, but rather are normal reactions to an extraordinary situation.
These are not signs of weakness but normal reactions to an abnormal event. These reactions are generally at their worst in the first week or two after the incident. In most cases they will diminish over the following weeks, although some may experience them for a longer period. If at any time these reactions seriously affect your ability to participate in day to day activities at home or at work it is important to seek assistance immediately.
Following a major event it is important to have access to an environment where you feel safe and secure. The sooner you can regain your sense of safety and control the sooner your wellbeing will start to improve.
The following steps may assist you to make the recovery more manageable for you and those close to you:
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