Guidelines for the Hopkins Community During the Tragedy
As the next few days and weeks unfold, you and/or your
loved ones may experience some signs and symptoms of distress. What follows
are some things to try to monitor. If you have any of these signs for a
prolonged period of time, you may want to consult with a professional with
one of the resources below.
Possible Signs and Symptoms: What to expect
Suggestions for Positive Behavior at Work: What to do
Sleeplessness, disturbances of appetite and feeling emotionally
Nightmares, flashbacks or distracting thoughts or images
about the tragedy
Irritability with friends, family, and others
Reactivation of feelings of grief and other experiences from
Difficulties with concentration
Feeling "on edge" or more nervous and cautious than usual
Episodes of unexplained anger, weeping, fear, or other strong
Resources: Where to go
Talk with friends, family members, and colleagues especially
if the feelings you experience are becoming overwhelming.
Expect the things that usually irritate or upset you to be
amplified during this period of heightened emotions. Take this into account
when interacting with others.
Use caution and sensitivity when expressing your intense
feelings - remember others might misinterpret what you are really trying
to say when such strong feelings are attached.
Follow Institutional policies about appropriate interpersonal
interactions, and abstain from using threatening or aggressive language
while on campus. It is normal to feel angry about what has happened, but
remember to express it appropriately.
Be cautious making public comments about any particular nationality
or grouping of people. It is easy to inadvertently offend people, and in
the absence of any specific information all we are doing is speculating.
Remember, we have faculty, staff, students, patients, families, and visitors
on campus who are from some of the countries that have been mentioned in
Check in with others to make sure they're OK and ask them
to check in with you.
Concentrate on doing your work and doing it as well as you
Recognize the risks of self-medication - - be careful about
alcohol use, illicit drugs, and prescription medications at times like
Be thoughtful about the number of television images and how
much news coverage you allow yourself and your children to watch. The images
will be repetitive and may be overstimulating and upsetting to watch in
this way. Try not to have televisions turned on in public areas.
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: 410.955.1220 or 443.997.3800
Pastoral Care (East Baltimore Campus): 410.955.5842
Campus Ministries (Homewood Campus): 410.261.1880
Student Assistance Program (Bloomberg School of Public Health
Student Counseling Center (Homewood, Peabody and School of
Nursing students): 410.516.8278
Student Mental Health (School of Medicine students): 410.955.1892
Critical Incident Stress Service: 410.283.3654
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