Community

A crisis can occur which may have a significant psychological impact on the Kalamazoo County area as a whole; the Community page is meant to provide help at such moments. This material is offered as an aid through such difficult times (as well as prepare for them), 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.


FIRST AND FOREMOST - Relaxation


During an overwhelming time, the drive to feel safe, contribute, or get away from the matter can be overwhelming, and make one feel trapped; in addition, one may feel guilty for not doing more.  Something important to keep in mind is that taking a break from such and focusing on one's self is all right, and neceessary to maintain one's own health.  


In addition to providing needed and necessary self-care, the calming effects of taking a break allow one to compose themself, recharge, and gain some distance, and return better focused to the situation, allowing one to help others better.  


Gocomics.com 


Guinness Book of World Records


Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center


Kalamazoo Public Library


Working Out to Relieve Stress (American Heart Association) 


Also, Kalamazoo Hope's Directory has a Leisure and Socializing document which offers various options for fun and taking one's mind off difficulties and reduce stress.




About 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)




Alerts and Notification Systems


Citizen Alerts Information & Announcements (Michigan)


Emergency Alert System (AES)


Emergency Alerts (ready.gov)


Portage Alert


Tornado and Severe Weather (Western Michigan University)




Coping Psychologically (please also see the Relaxation section)


After a Disaster (usa.gov)


Coping After Disaster, Trauma (American Psychiatric Asssociation)


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


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


Recovering emotionally from disaster (American Psychological Association)




Involvement, Skills, Training


American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers


Give Blood (American Red Cross)


Gryphon Place Sucide Prevention & Crisis Support


Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) - provides various certifications in medical skills in addition to its degree programs.


Michigan Election and Voting Information


Mental Health First Aid  - classes are available locally.


Michigan National Guard - provides assistance during state emergencies.


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


YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo Certifications




Organizations and Services


City of Portage Emergency Management


Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Kalamazoo County Office of Emergency Management


Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of Emergency Response


Western Michigan University Emergency Procedures




Preparation


How to Prepare for Emergencies (American Red Cross)


Kalamazoo County Emergency Health Preparedness Program


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


Ready.gov




Recovery


DisasterAssistance.gov


Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA)


Temporary Emergency Housing for Displaced Individuals Affected by a Natural Disaster (MSHDA)

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