Your Mental Health Survival:
Coping After a Traumatic Event

Campus Resources

Student Health Wellness & Counseling
Walker 103
9AM-­‐5:00PM
503.883.2535
To speak with an after-­‐hours counselor
call the AD on duty 503.883.5433

Residence Life
Mahaffey 127 (or your RA)
503.883.5389

Chaplain’s Office
Melrose 110
503.883.2278

Fall Scenery

You have been through a traumatic experience. It is common to have both physical and emotional responses to uncommon situations.

Normal Reactions to Trauma

  • apathy/depression
  • nightmares
  • startle reactions
  • muscle tremors
  • sleep disturbances
  • fatigue
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • disorientation
  • difficulty concentrating
  • amnesia
  • difficulty making decisions
  • reluctance to abandon property
  • disbelief
  • anxiety
  • moodiness
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • numbness
  • guilt
  • fear
  • withdrawal

For Your Mental Health Survival

  • Get some exercise.
  • Allow yourself to cry.
  • Don’t stay by yourself.
  • Stay calm and relaxed.
  • Accept help from others.
  • Talk about your feelings.
  • Notice positives; don’t blame.
  • Limit decisions to today’s needs.
  • Alcohol or drugs will delay recovery.