FREMONT – The “heroic phase” of disaster response, where people pull together in the immediate crisis, is often followed by a period of disillusionment when those uplifting moments seem to fade into the background. The people most impacted by the disaster can feel disappointed with aid services, or resentful of others returning to “normal” while they’re still coping with clean up. Reconstruction takes time – and the stress can take its toll on a disaster survivor’s mental health.
The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project, an initiative by the University of Nebraska and Nebraska DHHS, wants to help those impacted by the March floods who find themselves struggling emotionally in the aftermath. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of mental health assistance, you can call the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project at 1-800-464-0258. From this hotline, Nebraska Strong agents can provide referrals for mental health resources, and even help with completing the necessary paperwork to seek aid.
Those coping with the disaster may experience emotional reactions, different thought patterns, new behaviors and even physical symptoms of stress. These may look like:
While all of these stress responses are normal, they may also become a problem in your daily life. If any of these symptoms are negatively impacting your daily life, you may benefit from some of the mental health services that the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project can connect you with. All calls are free and confidential.