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April 19, 2013

Coping with Mass Violence: Monarch mental health expert shares ways to handle tragedy

Friday, April 19, 2013 — In the aftermath of the Boston explosions, as news for the tragedy continues and the ceremony for victims is held today, Monarch's chief clinical officer shares tips on ways to cope, help restore normalcy

Whether you or your loved ones have been directly impacted by disaster or you have been deeply affected by tragic events that occur miles and miles away, coping with terrorist acts and working to overcome tragedy can be overwhelming. Monarch’s mental health experts say a range of emotions is normal following a disaster, but they should not be ignored.

 

“It is very common to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your loved ones following a horrific tragedy or major nationally-broadcast tragedy, especially one that involves children,” explained Monarch’s Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Brown, MSW, LCSW.

“We are often fearful as disturbing images are repeatedly broadcast. Just as often as we see it, it can play over and over in our minds the same way. That imagery can cause anxiety, distress, and strong reactions for adults and children alike.”

 

Monarch psychiatrists, therapists and clinicians know how important good mental health is to overall health and well-being, especially after any trauma. Brown suggests individuals and families should not be reluctant to search for or ask for help.

 

“There are many different responses to crisis. Many people experience intense feelings after a disaster, but can recover. While others encounter some obstacles on the road to recovery,” Brown said.

“The most effective way for anyone to effectively overcome these kinds of challenges is to seek the help and support necessary to cope and get well.”

 

Brown (pictured left) offers the following suggestions to help adults, parents and children to appropriately explore ways to manage, maintain and restore normalcy following a catastrophe or personal trauma.

 

·         How you’re feeling, it’s natural. Realize that any anxiety, sadness, anger, or distress you are feeling, no matter how many miles between you and any tragedy, is a natural reaction to a tragedy of this kind and magnitude.

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