Resources for Dealing With Disaster-related Stress During the Holiday Season
- Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders: Helping Survivors Cope With Grief
After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
This SAMHSA DTAC tip sheet offers guidelines for providers and disaster responders for communicating with survivors who are experiencing grief. It reviews the grieving process and gives an overview of complicated or traumatic grief, as well as helpful tips and additional resources.
- Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
This SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) tip sheet offers information about the grieving process, including how to cope with grief, what to expect, and how long it may last. It also gives information on complicated or traumatic grief, which may occur when the grieving process is interrupted.
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress
This SAMHSA DTAC tip sheet offers information for preventing and managing stress after a traumatic event. It offers practical tips for relieving stress and describes the normal reactions a survivor may feel. The tip sheet is also available in Spanish.
- Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season
These tips from AARP offer advice for people who are experiencing grief that may be magnified during the holidays, such as grieving the loss of a loved one. The resources are also available in Spanish.
- Holiday Stress and Solutions for Parents
This tip sheet from Stop Child Abuse Now offers solutions to common stressors that families may experience during the holidays. It is also available in Spanish.
- Holidays, Celebrations and Traumatically Bereaved Children
In this webinar presenters discuss ways holidays and other personally meaningful dates can serve as trauma/grief reminders. One presenter points out how culture can dictate children's reactions to reminders and stresses the importance of therapists understanding their clients' culture. The presentation also addresses the various types of reminders: personal, public, and school related. In closing the presenters offer ways parents, teachers, and other adults can support traumatically bereaved children.
- Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for Coping
The Mayo Clinic offers tips for preventing holiday stress and depression.
- Tips for Parents on Managing Holiday Stress
The American Psychological Association offers tips to help parents with healthy management of the stress that may come with the holiday season. It also includes information on when and how to seek professional help if the stress becomes unmanageable.