Coping with Traumatic Stress

In the wake of a mass tragedy like Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important for our campus community to rally together and support one another through a difficult time.

How to Take Care of Yourself

  • Take care of your safety.
  • Eat healthy. During times of stress, it is important that you maintain a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Get some rest. Giving your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with the stress.
  • Stay connected with family and friends. Giving and getting support is one of the most important things.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. Recognize that everyone is stressed and may need time to put their feelings and thoughts in order.
  • Set priorities. Tackle tasks in small steps.
  • Gather information about assistance and resources that will help you and your family members meet your disaster-related needs.
  • Stay positive. Remind yourself of how you’ve successfully gotten through difficult times in the past. Reach out when you need support, and help others when they need it.

Campus Resources
We respond to disasters or stressful life events in a variety of ways, some of which may be unexpected and sudden. No matter what you are feeling, please know that there are resources on campus where you can go. Counseling and other resources are available if and when you need them, including:

  • RAs and RDs in all campus residence halls are available to talk to residents at any time.
  • Student Counseling’s Downcity and Harborside offices are open and available to students Mon-Fri until 4:30pm, as well as on call after hours and on weekends. If you need to reach Counseling after hours, call Safety & Security at 401-598-1103.
  • For spiritual guidance, contact Laurie Lapane, Spiritual Life coordinator, at 401-598-2086, or campus minister Travis Rymer at 401-598-2445.

Counseling Services: 401-598-1016
Safety and Security: 401-598-1103
Health Services: 401-598-1104
Health Education: 401-598-2023
Gender Equity Center: 401-598-1138
Student Conduct: 401-598-2885
Residence Life: 401-598-1141
Parent Relations: 401-598-2895
Spiritual Life: 401-598-2086

Additional Resources
Counseling & Mass Trauma Resources (500K PDF)
Coping with Traumatic Stress
(500K PDF)