“Choose empathy over apathy.” ― Mango Wodzak


A crisis can occur which may have a psychological impact on the Kalamazoo County community as a whole; this material is meant to provide help at such moments; the material on this page is meant to help provide a guide through such difficult times, in conjunction with Kalamazoo Hope's other resources, should they be needed.  

If one is experiencing extreme distress, please use one of the helplines or text services on the Immediate Help page, contact 911, or visit a local medical center.

Alerts and Notification Systems

Citizen Alerts Information & Announcements (Michigan)

Emergency Alerts (ready.gov)

Tornado and Severe Weather (Western Michigan University)

Coping and Starting Recovery

After a Disaster (usa.gov)

Coping After Disaster, Trauma (American Psychiatric Asssociation)

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event (Centers for Disease Control)

Gocomics.com - to help provide relaxation, or at least, hopefully, a distraction 

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Kalamazoo Hope's Directory has a Leisure and Socializing document which offers various options for fun and taking one's mind off difficulties, allowing one a chance to relieve stress.  Kalamazoo Hope's YouTube channel also has a collection of material for similar purposes.

Recovering emotionally from disaster (American Psychological Association)


Mental Health First Aid  - classes are available locally.

Prepare My Family for a Disaster (Department of Homeland Security)

Take a Class (American Red Cross) - a listing of various courses available to learn such skills as first aid and CPR.

Psychological Conditions and Violence

Often, psychological conditions are immediately presumed to be the reason that individuals engage in harmful activity, even if no evidence is present to indicate such; it is important to note that having a psychological condition and violence are not synonymous.

Mental Health Myths and Facts( (menatlhealth.gov) - Myth #3

Mental Illness and Violence (Harvard Medical School)

Words Matter: Reporting on Mental Health Conditions (American Psychiatric Association)