Support for Students Impacted by Christchurch New Zealand Tragedy

Monday, March 18, 2019

In light of the tragic news in Christchurch New Zealand on Friday March 15th, 2019, UHS would like to extend support to the Princeton community in order to encourage collective healing.

Coping with trauma:

  • Welcome your thoughts and feelings in. Your feelings and your thoughts about trauma are valid, important and mean that you are experiencing something normal in response to tragedy.
  • Remember, everyone responds to trauma differently. Some of us need to talk (to family, friends, a counselor, an instructor…), while some of us need time to be quite and reflect.
  • Take things slow. If you’re struggling to keep up with coursework, having a hard time concentrating in class, it’s okay. Take time to recover and ask for support from professors or advisors.
  • Moderate your news and social media intake. Social media provides us with quick and easy access to the world. This access can also be overwhelming in times of tragedy. It’s okay to limit the amount of time you spend on social media platforms as a form of self-care. This does not mean you do not care.
  • Seek support. Reach out to friends, colleagues, mental health professionals or spiritual advisors. During times of tragedy, connection can help ease the pain we feel.

For more information about dealing with trauma, please click here.