Strength After

Stories of strength and recovery after a disaster.

If you are experiencing emotional distress or other mental health concerns after a disaster, the Disaster Distress Helpline is here for you 24/7/365:

Or, text TALKWITHUS to 66746.

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Hurricane or Flood

Featured Story

You are part of something greater.

Interview with Simone

VIA Disaster Distress Helpline
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Mass Violence

I feel like sharing my story has connected me with people that have gone through similar traumatic things, and it makes me feel less alone, and it makes them feel less alone.

Before and After Route 91

VIA New York Magazine
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Mass Violence

People are resilient if you give them the tools.

Survivors of Las Vegas sniper find support in each other

VIA Los Angeles Times
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Hurricane or Flood

It was a phenomenon, but who cares. We’re alive, we’re alive.

A Bittersweet Journey Back to Puerto Rico After Maria

VIA The New York Times
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Mass Violence

You honestly don’t know how strong you are until you have no other choice.

Pulse Nightclub Survivor: ‘I Have To Keep Moving’

VIA NBC News
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Hurricane or Flood

We have found what we can do together, and we know we can do even more things together.

How One Small Town In Puerto Rico Holds On To Hope

VIA Forbes
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Tornado

I hope that people who visit will learn of the strength within my community in the face of disaster.

On The Wings Of Butterflies: How art helped the community of Joplin recover from devastation

VIA State Farm
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Wildfire

A lot of people would have thrown their hands up and walked away.

Flying W Ranch plans to reopen in 2018

VIA The Denver Post
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Ebola

We can overcome anything.

A Family Of Ebola Fighters: ‘With God’s Help, We Made It’

VIA NPR
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Virginia Tech Shooting

We all probably have had different levels of trauma; we've all reacted to it differently. But getting together can help us heal, still.

The Uninjured Victims Of The Virginia Tech Shootings

VIA NPR Audio Story
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Mass Violence

Safety and security are so important to the healing process.

Interview with Melanie

VIA Disaster Distress Helpline
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Hurricane or Flood

There’s better that can come after a tragedy.

Interview with Jalen

VIA Disaster Distress Helpline
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9/11

Before [my service dog] Bernie, I buried the hurt and shame, and dealt with crippling depression and anxiety. Today, I feel myself starting to heal.

9/11 First Responder: How My Service Dog Helps Me Heal

VIA Time
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2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting

You have got to be strong. Don’t let something like this ruin your life because it could’ve ruined mine.

For A Survivor Of One Club Shooting, Orlando Brings Bitter Memories

VIA NPR
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Mass Violence

That’s the legacy. We never ran away.

Out Of Ashes, An Unwavering Resolve: ‘That’s The Legacy. We Never Ran Away’

VIA NPR Audio Story
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Tornado

If it had not have been for the disaster, we might never have known how strong we really are and how many friends we really have.

Healing Through Journaling Five Years After the Storm

VIA KSMU Audio Story
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Tornado

We're a group of moms who saw a need that nobody else did — because we're moms!

When tornadoes ravaged North Texas, a group of moms found a way to keep babies fed

VIA UPWorthy
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Ebola

Incorporating survivors into the process of creating prevention messaging, they were really grateful for it. It was empowering to survivors, many of whom were young teenagers. It gave them a sense of a new role in their communities.

Portraits Of Ebola Survivors Bring Their Stories To Life

VIA Huffington Post
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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

The things that happen to us don’t have to define us.

How One Sandy Hook Survivor Is Moving Forward 3 Years Later

VIA Yahoo News
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Charleston Church Shooting

To have hatred in our heart, we can't give him that power.

Charleston Church Shooting: How These Five Survivors Are Guiding America Toward Compassion and Tolerance

VIA Glamour
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Earthquake

Perhaps there was something universal about the comforting quality of a stuffed animal.

These cuddly teddy bears deliver a dose of delight to kids in refugee camps.

VIA UPWorthy