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We have all experienced nationwide—and sometimes global—warnings about the potential for violence as a result of social or political upheaval, violent conflict, or war. It is good that our leaders and public safety professionals are taking our safety seriously and informing us on what to do in these moments, but times like these can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.
To be—and feel—safe, it’s important to follow the advice of experts such as local police, school or campus safety professionals, and other trusted authorities, including school administrators, counselors, and your caregivers. It’s also important to pay attention to the feelings you may be having and reach out for support from your community and trusted adults if you need it.
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Connecting in person is one of the best things you can do for your mental health, but texting or snapping is another way to support each other if you can’t be together.
Reach out to friends and family or a trusted teacher, coach, or school counselor. Talking about your fears with someone you trust can help them feel less frightening than they do in your head.
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It’s wise to seek out information from experts—local police, school or campus safety professionals, school administrators, and caregivers—to keep yourself safe.
It’s also a good choice to avoid constant exposure to stressful news :
If screens are helpful to give your mind a break from stress and worries, choose apps that make you feel connected to others or that offer uplifting or peaceful content.
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Bringing yourself to the present moment helps you come out of those swirling feelings in your head and feel secure in your body.
Ways to do it:
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Anxiety in moments like this is expected, but if it’s taking up all the space in your head, affecting you physically, or making it difficult to do normal things, it’s time to talk to a professional who can listen to all your concerns and offer coping skills and treatment if needed.
Pay attention to thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that:
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If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.
If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.