Psychosocial support after a traumatic incident
You have been involved in a traumatic event. This may cause stress reactions. These reactions are normal and part of processing the traumatic event. They may occur instantly or at a later moment in time. You may suffer from:
- recurrent memories of the event
- sleep problems
- anxiety or irritability.
Do ask for help
Do you experience these kind of reactions for more than 2 months? Or is it difficult for you to go back to your everyday life? Do not hesitate to ask for help!
- Go to your family doctor/GP. Your doctor can refer you to especially trained social workers.
- You can also turn to Slachtofferhulp (victim support services) for help.
Tips for coping
- Talk to people who are important to you about what has happened. Do not hide your feeling.
- Try to resume your normal daily activities but take it easy.
- Think about what relaxes you and take time for such relaxing activities.
- Avoid using sleeping pills and tranquillizers.
- Accept support from (for example) friends, family and colleagues.
- Slachtofferhulp Nederland (Victim Support Netherlands) helps people who have experienced a traumatic event. For example if you are the victim of a serious crime, a traffic accident or a disaster. You can turn to them for emotional support, support during criminal proceedings or when claiming compensation.
Chat with Slachtofferhulp on their website or call 0900 0101.
- GGD Groningen offers information on coping with traumatic events for young people, adults, parents/guardians and children, and also for schools.