IF YOU ARE A VETERAN, FIRST RESPONDER, HEALTHCARE WORKER, OR TEEN IN NEED OF SUPPORT, TURN TO 211 TODAY.
211 centers around the state are committed to giving Florida veterans the emotional support they need.
Florida has the third largest veteran population in the nation, totaling 1,755,680. VA- funded services and local resources are available to veterans through 211 providers around the state.
If you or a loved one needs assistance, call 1-844-MYFLVET (1-844-693-5838) or click below.
According to the CDC, feeling irritated, helpless, angry, tired and sad are just some symptoms of stress that healthcare workers and first responders may be experiencing due to the demands of the job.
When life’s challenges start to take a toll, let 211 connect you to local resources.
To learn more about first responder assistance, click below or dial 1-866-4FL-HERO (1-866-435-4376).
It’s normal to experience worry or sadness, even if you aren’t sure why you feel the way you do.
Trained and caring counselors are available at 211 centers around the state to connect you with the resources and support you need.
Let your friends and family know how you are feeling and remember that support is just one call or text away.
WHETHER YOU ARE CALLING FOR YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE, 211 INTRODUCES YOU TO A VARIETY OF RESOURCES AND SERVICES – FROM MENTAL HEALTH TO HOUSING INSTABILITY.
211 provides local referrals to a variety of services, including the following:
Trauma/Violence Prevention & Intervention
Domestic Abuse Prevention
Grief And Loss
Mental Health/Counseling Services
Food and Meals
Child Care/Early Learning
Disaster Planning & Recovery
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following tips for coping with a disaster or traumatic event.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategies for mental health.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system.
Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking deep breaths and do activities you usually enjoy.
AVOID INFORMATION OVERLOAD
Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials to stay informed. Don’t overload yourself with too much information and be cautious of rumors or fake news, especially on social media. It can be unsettling to hear about a crisis or see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and check for updates in between.
Stress prevention and management are essential for responders to stay well and continue helping in a crisis. Coping techniques such as writing in a journal, exercising, and connecting with your colleagues for support can reduce burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
SEEK HELP WHEN NEEDED
If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.