Working Through Tragic Events or Threats
Recent threats and tragic events in New Zealand, Florida, Texas, Las Vegas, Virginia, our campus, our country, and abroad can be overwhelming. This type of violence is hard to understand and grasp. It is widespread and you may feel afraid and traumatized just viewing the media coverage. The tragic events or threats may challenge your sense of safety, equilibrium, and hope for the future. For some, it will trigger memories and feelings that are difficult to process. These occurrences do elicit many different emotions such as shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, and anger. You may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and continuing with your coursework.
Here are some tips on managing your emotions and recover your sense of balance:
- Talk about it and ask for support from friends, faculty, and staff.
- Be sensitive to your colleague’s feelings and reactions along with your own emotions.
- Turn off the social media. Give you brain a chance to recuperate and decrease your stress.
- Take care of yourself, exercise, eat normally and try to sleep.
- Call Campus Police or 911 to report any unusual activity.
- If you feel unsafe, be around friends, have someone walk with you across campus and connect with others.
Usually these tips are helpful during the crisis. If you continue to experience emotional distress, please reach out to your Dean of Students, CAPS, or a licensed mental health professional. See below for CAPS and other campus services for assistance. In addition, here are some helpful tips from the
American Psychological Association's Helpcenter on dealing with
other tragic events.
NEW ZEALAND TRAGEDY: In response to the news from Christchurch, NZ events, we want to share the following resources to assist students and families in dealing with this tragedy. These resources are culturally specific resources for Muslim communities and all who have been affected:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently published findings that suicide rates have risen significantly over the past 20 years. These reports were published during the same week of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both from suicides. If you or your friends at UCSD are experiencing suicidal thoughts, we want you to know that CAPS is here for you. If you have thoughts of suicide, please contact us at 858-534-3755. We are available for walk-in services and consulation. This HelpCenter page also provides numerous campus, community, and online resources.
Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources
CAPS, Student Affairs, and the UCSD community are here to support those affected by loss or the recent tragic incidents here in the U.S. and abroad. We understand this may be a time of concern and difficulty. Our efforts are to provide you with support, information, and resources to assist you during these challenging times. The
American Psychological Association has provided information on
Grief and Loss,
Managing your Distress about the Earthquake from Afar,
Managing Difficult Events and
Recovering Emotionally from Disasters. Below is a list of CAPS and campus resources available to you, as well as resources to help with coping.
UCSD Campus Resources, Services, and Information
American Psychological Association Help Resources
San Diego County Resources
Additional Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Help-Center Resources during Difficult Times
CAPS is available to help and is offering various support services to attend to the needs of the UCSD campus community during times of crisis. We are available to respond as requested on an individual basis or as a collective to assist in providing support, education, and consultation in response to campus, community, or world events. During times of crisis or tragedy, while often finding it difficult to make sense of why the events took place, one may experience a range of reactions and feelings. These feelings are ALL NORMAL REACTIONS TO NON-NORMAL EVENTS. Reactions may include:
- Shock / Numbness / Denial / Vivid dreams or flashbacks / Sadness / Anger / Fear / Difficult concentrating or focusing / Sad / Hopeless / Anxious / Difficulty communicating or reaching out to others
Although reactions to tragic events can be difficult to deal with, CAPS is here to assist you with working through the challenges of coping and working-through the difficulty. At CAPS, we provide the following services to students and the campus community who may be experiencing difficulties in response to a crisis or tragic event:
- Individual Counseling / Same-Day/Urgent Counseling / Group Counseling / Consultation / Crisis Debriefings to organizations or departments / Crisis Intervention / Mindfulness medication / Psychoeducational Workshops
For students or faculty/staff in immediate need of assistance, please call 858-534-3755 or visit our Central Office at Galbraith Hall 190 (below CLICS) from 8:00am-4:30pm to speak with a on-call resource psychologist. For non-business hours, if immediate assistance is needed, please call 858-534-3755 (select Option 2) and ask to speak with the on-call psychological counselor