ST. GEORGE – The recent rockslide in Rockville and the loss of two of the town’s residents can be difficult for anyone affected by their loss, family members and friends among those; the American Red Cross is availing disaster mental health workers to help people cope with this tragic situation.
Mental health services
The Red Cross recognizes that people impacted by the disaster may be anxious, depressed or agitated by their situation. That is why the Red Cross disaster relief operation includes licensed mental health specialists to help people cope with their new reality. Disaster workers are trained in psychological first aid, but Red Cross mental health teams go a step further, monitoring the emotional pulse of those in an affected area.
Steps to help cope
People may have a variety of reactions in the aftermath a disaster. Fear concerning safety for themselves and their family—along with anger, confusion, shock, disbelief, sadness and grief—these are all normal feelings associated with the experience of the disaster.
Reactions like these may appear in different ways, not only in the way someone feels, but in the way they think and what they think about; their sleeping habits, how they go about daily living; and the way they interact and get along with others. Children and the elderly are especially at risk and require special attention.
”It’s important that people reach out for help when they need it, and to support others who may be having trouble coping with these tragedies,” Logan Sisam, Red Cross Utah Region Emergency Services Director, said.
Disaster distress help
You can call the local Red Cross office at 435-668-2210 for help if you are experiencing emotional distress. There is no cost for this service. You may also call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for free, 24/7 counseling or support.
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