Don't hesitate to ask for help at any time you feel overwhelmed. Friends or family members may not feel the stress the same way you do-it's how you feel that matters in deciding to ask for help.
After exposure to a disaster or other stressful and traumatic event, the symptoms of stress usually disappear within a few weeks. However, if the symptoms persist for a longer period of time, or if they worsen or interfere with daily functioning, you should consider seeking professional help. If left untreated, these symptoms can affect your health and quality of life for many years.
If you feel overwhelmed or are concerned about yourself or someone you care about, you can find help by calling or texting 988, a free, confidential helpline for New York City residents, available 24/7, with trained staff ready to take your calls.