Hurricane Irma Support

UM Counseling Center (UMCC) is deeply saddened by the impact of Hurricane Irma across the state of Florida. We know how common it can be to experience significant stress following a natural disaster. Whether you were personally impacted via physical injury, damage to property, or emotional distress, or someone you know and care about was impacted, the after-effects can be devastating for many reasons. Fortunately, most stress symptoms are temporary and will resolve on their own in a fairly short amount of time. However, for some people, these symptoms may last for weeks or even months and may influence their relationships, ability to focus/concentrate, and/or their overall well-being. Common warning signs of emotional distress include:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and things
  • Having low or no energy
  • Having unexplained aches and pains, such as constant stomachaches or headaches
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Excessive smoking, drinking, or using drugs, including prescription medications
  • Worrying a lot of the time; feeling guilty but not sure why
  • Thinking of hurting or killing yourself or someone else
  • Having difficulty readjusting to home, school, or work life

*adapted from the SAMSHA.GOV website

If there are any UM students who have been adversely affected by the storm, we would like to provide the following resources for potential relief and/or assistance:

If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed about post-hurricane circumstances, you can call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746. Both options are available 24/7/365

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of resources for victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma (updated 9/10/2017):

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/1b61d36

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has compiled a list of helpful resources specifically for those impacted by Hurricane Irma:

https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma

UMCC is available for support 24/7/365 by calling our main phone number: 305-284-5511 (Press 1). Once UM’s campuses become open to the public, we will be available for crisis/emergency walk-ins during business hours.

For additional mental health emergency/crisis services not listed on this page, please visit:

http://counseling.studentaffairs.miami.edu/appointments/emergency-services/index.html

For the most up-to-date advisories for and about the UM community, please check the following website:

http://news.miami.edu/

 

Online resources for students to cope managing a traumatic event, please visit our online resource page.

 

http://counseling.studentaffairs.miami.edu/resources/online-resources/index.html

 

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/hurricane-afar.aspx