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.
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.
Alerts and Notification Systems
Coping Psychologically (please also see the Relaxation section)
Involvement, Skills, Training
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.
Organizations and Services