Everyone experiences crisis at some points during life. A crisis may be personal, such as a death or the loss of a relationship, or community-wide, such as a fire on campus. Examples of crisis or trauma situations include deaths, natural disasters, violent crime, sexual assault and abuse, the aftermath of suicide, threats to public health, or campus or domestic violence. People may also experience trauma indirectly. For example, bystanders, friends or roommates of victims, family members, or public safety personnel who work with disaster or trauma victims may also be affected. Each person responds to crisis or disaster differently. It is important though, to understand the potential reactions that accompany crisis and to know how to care for yourself during times of extreme stress.
CAPS - Counseling and Psychological Services
Campus MinistryTelephone 206.296.6075
Student Health CenterTelephone 206.296.6300
PDF download: Tips for Classroom Discussion in the Aftermath of Tragedy
King County Crisis Clinic
24-hour Crisis Line: 206.461.3222 or 866.4CRISIS (866.427.4747)
The American Psychological Association provides excellent on-line pamphlets and information: