The American Red Cross is by your side

Unsettling news fills the headlines as Americans continue to struggle under unprecedented circumstances. The terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, and the threat of future acts have affected Americans, especially children, not only physically but emotionally as well. It's important to understand there is a natural grieving and recovery process following any tragedy, and that a disaster of this magnitude will cause unusual stress and even fear in those attempting to regain a sense of normalcy.

"Most people will come through these trying times well," said Jeannine Dahl, mental health officer at the American Red Cross 1-866-GET-INFO call center. "Maintaining daily routines helps us stay in control of our lives and promotes healing. Dreams, flashbacks and nightmares are often part of the normal healing process and talking with family and friends can help a lot," she added.

The American Red Cross has activated a toll free nationwide, compassion and assistance hotline in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Trained American Red Cross operators are available 24 hours a day to provide callers with immediate access to resources as well as guidance and support, to begin the healing process and return to everyday activities. If you have a question such as how these events should be explained to children or just want to talk about your feelings with someone who cares, please call 1-866-GET-INFO (866-438-4636) and 800-526-1417 for TDD.

The American Red Cross, Milford Chapter,has booklets for helping children deal with trauma issues.  They are "Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma", "Why Do I Feel Like This?" and "When Bad Things Happen".  Please stop by the Milford Chapter to get your copy.

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