• Reassuring them that you are available should they want to talk or need help. Taking care of our communities • Take part in information meetings about the events. • Attend memorials, candlelight vigils. • Attend inter-religious events. • In the case of terrorism or war, don’t let racism poison your community. When people are afraid or angry, they often want to blame and punish someone. • Help any group you are part of to be fair, accepting and understanding. Delayed reactions Some of us react strongly at the time stressful events happen. Others react later, after a few days or even a few weeks. Delayed reactions can be confusing. Remember, not everyone reacts the same way. Following the tips on self-care given above will help you deal with delayed reactions. When to Seek Help This information is a reference point to help you to understand some of the stress reactions you or other family members or friends may experience. If, at any time, you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope it is important to seek out additional assistance. Here are some circumstances which indicate that it is time to get help by speaking to a health professional such as a psychologist, family doctor, psychiatrist, social worker or nurse: • Can’t return to a normal routine • Feeling extremely helpless • Having thoughts of hurting self or others • Using alcohol and drugs excessively Resources in your community which may be available for help • Distress or crisis centres • Local hospital • Family service agency • Bereavement group • Leader of your faith community • Family and friends you can call to talk things over 118 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA ...continued RESPONDING TO STRESSFUL EVENTS