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Coping with Stressful and Traumatic Events

The stress from unexpected emergencies can be overwhelming, but if we are mentally and emotionally prepared, we can manage better.

The information on these pages will help you understand what you can do to cope with disasters and other stressful and traumatic events.





Help is Available

If you or anyone you know feels overwhelmed—reach out.

1-800- LIFENET
Lifenet is a free, confidential help line for New York City residents. You can call 24 hours per day/7 days a week. The staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services.
► 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-3373) in Espanõl
► 1-877-990-8585 for Korean and Chinese callers (Mandarin & Cantonese )
► 1-212-982-5284 (TTY for hearing impaired)




After experiencing a stressful or traumatic event:

  • Be patient with yourself and those around you.

  • Give everyone time to cope, adapt and heal.



Simple Steps to Reduce Stress

Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce stress and cope better:



Coping with Hurricanes, Floods and Other Disasters




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