The following message to the campus community is from Counseling Services:
In the aftermath of senseless tragedies, many may be sorting out the effects of trauma. If observing recent events related to Orlando’s mass-shooting may have triggered feelings of being overwhelmed, here are a few tips from Counseling Services to help the campus community cope:
- Consider limiting media intake, which can be overwhelming. If you do choose to partake in information gathering, be sure to follow credible news sources and be aware of the need to process images and such.
- Connect w/ those important to you. Surround yourself with those you care about and encourage honest dialogue about genuine reactions to prevent feelings of isolation and confusion. Allow yourself to be vulnerable around folks you trust.
- Turn your reactions into actions. Attend a community event (e.g., vigil), donate blood or make care packages for those directly affected by the tragedy. Having a sense of agency sometimes helps people to feel less helpless.
- Engage in self-care. Try to maintain a sense of routine as sometimes the predictable can be reassuring. Be sure to eat healthy portions, drink the recommended amounts of water and get the rest you need to be as effective as can be expected.
- Seek professional help as needed. Having a trained mental health specialist to discuss reactions and what’s considered normal coping can help to process abnormal events. Additionally, such professionals can educate and train how to use positive coping mechanisms to reduce the likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors.
Counseling Services, in partnership with the Pride Center, also is starting a debriefing group. After Orlando: A Joint Drop-In Debriefing Group will be held Tuesday, June 21 at 3 p.m. For more information about the event, students can contact Counseling Services at 909-869-3220 or the Pride Center at 909-869-2573. Counseling Services offers free, confidential counseling sessions by licensed therapists to Cal Poly Pomona students. Emergency consultation and crisis counseling is available in person during normal business hours. Because an urgent need to talk to someone can happen outside of regular business hours too, crisis phone counselors are available. Students can call Counseling Services, press option 2 and be connected to a trained phone counselor for assistance. A counselor may follow up with you the next day regarding your use of after-hours support to offer additional assistance or resources.
Below are some online resources to learn more about trauma and coping:
There are also free, time-limited resources that are available for those who are not on campus and would like to be connected to off-campus counseling: