University Health Services offers help in coping with trauma related to attacks

12 September 2001 | University Health Services offers valuable resources for Berkeley staff, faculty or students trying to cope with effects of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

Those who need assistance may visit the health center’s Web site at to access information on such areas as common reactions to trauma, when and how to seek help, how to take care of yourself, and how to donate blood, as well as advice for managers.

“Everyone reacts to trauma in a different way, “ said Patrick Conlin, manager of CARE Services for Faculty and Staff. “It’s important that we all try to create a climate that is respectful of these various coping methods.”

Because new information will continue to be added, Conlin encourages the campus to check the Web site frequently.

Conlin said he and others at University Health Services are creating presentations that can be made to large groups, such as academic departments or residential housing units.

He is also organizing a meeting with departmental personnel managers to provide them with information for supervisors and managers in their units.

“Initially, we’re trying to focus our efforts on distributing information to the widest possible audience,” said Conlin. “As time progresses and people are ready to talk about what has happened, we will refine our efforts to deal with the pain, anger and frustration they may be feeling.”

For additional support, students may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 642-9494. Staff and faculty may call CARE Services at 643-7754.


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