Disaster Mental Health after Hurricane Harvey

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Disaster Mental Health after Hurricane Harvey

Are you overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey’s attack on Texas? If you’re overwhelmed, take a deep breath and let yourself feel the way you feel. Natural disasters cause, among other things,

  • Destruction
  • Death
  • Loss and grief
  • Homelessness
  • Fear, anxiety, depression, acute stress disorder, and possibly, later, PTSD
  • Anger and irritability
  • Constant thoughts of the disaster, including both daytime thoughts and nightmares
  • Frustration over how to care for children, self, and others

When the world has been turned upside down, how do you possibly straighten things out and take care of your mental health? How do you cope with a traumatic event like Harvey? The American Red Cross’s Disaster Mental Health Service shares these tips:

  • Make safety your priority. Remove yourself from dangerous situations, possibly seeking shelter in approved locations.
  • Maintain your physical health by eating as healthy as possible, staying hydrated with safe water, and resting.
  • Stay connected to family and friends. Mutual support is important.
  • If necessary, contact volunteers who can help you get your medication.
  • Set priorities, little action steps to take rather than trying to tackle a huge problem at once.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. This is unusual, and emotions and tempers will flare.

In addition to the Red Cross, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) offers information, resources, and helplines: Hurricanes and Tropical Storms.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you are experiencing the ongoing effects of Hurricane Harvey or have lived through other natural disasters, what did you do to take care of your mental health during the event? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, September 4). Disaster Mental Health after Hurricane Harvey, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: September 6, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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