Warning Signs and What to do
Washington, DC- In the immediate aftermath of a mass violence like the Orlando Club incident, it is common to experience feelings of anxiety, helplessness and fear—even for those with no personal connection to the tragedy. Other signs of emotional distress may include:
Learn more about warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence and other disasters.
“Because these types of disasters are unpredictable and can happen anywhere without warning, it’s normal for people to experience emotional distress,” said Tanya A. Royster, MD, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health. “It’s important to pay attention to your physical and mental health, take steps to relieve stress, and know when to get help.”
KNOW HOW TO RELIEVE STRESS
Most people who experience emotional distress related to mass violence are able to recover quickly, but others may need additional support to move forward on the path of recovery.
KNOW WHEN TO GET HELP
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) encourages residents to call the 24-hour ACCESS helpline (1-800-854-7771) if they feel the need to speak with a professional.
The confidential helpline is available year-round for the community.