Traumatic events are not easy for anyone to understand or accept. The emotional impact of war and other trauma can have devastating effects on the mental well-being of individuals of all ages. Many of us find it easier to focus our energies on the needs of other people at times like these, often to the point of neglecting ourselves.
While taking care of others is a noble effort, it is equally important to
take care of yourself and to deal with your own reactions and emotions. You
can learn ways to cope with the mental and emotional stress and even redirect
it in positive ways. In the long run, this will make you a stronger, more reliable
resource for family and friends during their times of need.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Resources in Times of Trauma web site has a wealth of information including: