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.
For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-985-5990

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COVID-19

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Vibrant Emotional Health's “Supporting Your Emotional Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak” page is regularly updated with new resources and information to help you manage your mental health during COVID-19. Click "View Full Story" below to view the entire list of resources.

COVID-19 Resources

VIA Vibrant Emotional Health
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Earthquake

This technique helped me remember the resiliency I have and that I am capable of surviving hard situations.

The Question That Helps Me in Times of Disaster

VIA You Matter
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COVID-19

All of us are going to face adversity at some point. I think it’s how we deal with that adversity that matters most.

4 Things COVID-19 Taught an ER Doctor About the Power of Resilience and Hope

VIA Johnson & Johnson
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Mass Violence

It’s up to you on how you choose to respond to the bad thing that’s happening to you. So I chose to respond as positive as I could, and so that made a difference.

Oklahoma City bombing survivor shares story of personal transformation

VIA FOX 25
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COVID-19

I’m proud of them. They’ve walked into a hospital where they’ve never been in their lives, and they have managed to step up to the plate and take over and take very, very good care of the patients.

Diary of a Hospital: A Surgeon’s Hope “We were looking into the valley of chaos, but we found order.”

VIA The New York Times
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Boston Marathon bombings

Don’t be afraid to talk to people. One of the worst things we do with mental health is that there’s this huge stigma around it. We don’t talk about it...don’t be afraid to send someone a text and check in on other people.

Post-pandemic PTSD? Lessons from a marathon bombing survivor

VIA Associated Press
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Public Health Crisis

This is a story of resistance, of activism, of citizen action, of waking up and opening your eyes and making a difference in our community...about the incredible work that we did, hand in hand with our community, to make our community care about our children.

Pediatrician Who Exposed Flint Water Crisis Shares Her ‘Story Of Resistance’

VIA NPR
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Boston Marathon bombings

I’m not defined by what happened to me...I am a survivor, defined by how I lived my life, not defined as being a victim.

Boston Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet After Car Strike: Don’t Call Me a ‘Victim’

VIA Runner's World
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Mass Violence

I think people are becoming a little more sensitive to saying, ‘you know, maybe I need to come to terms with the fact that I’m feeling this'...trauma doesn’t go away by itself.

“Trauma Doesn’t Go Away By Itself.” How El Paso Is Tackling Mental Health Stigma After the Walmart Mass Shooting

VIA Time
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Tornado

I am glad the Disaster Distress Helpline exists to assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals going through difficult times emotionally and connects people with the resources they need.

Story of Hope: Shanda Miller

VIA Disaster Distress Helpline
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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Over these past seven autumns, I’ve learned that just showing up for neighbors during these difficult weeks between Halloween and December 14 can help lift at least some of the weight we carry.

Seven Autumns of Mourning in Newtown

VIA The Atlantic
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Tornado

I figured that while everyone argues about politics or gun control, let’s do something to keep kids safe.

Mom fights to keep kids safe after Moore tornado

VIA Today
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Hurricane or Flood

Physically, we will never be the same. But, emotionally, we are growing stronger.

Puerto Rico teachers reflect on Hurricane Maria 1 year later

VIA Today
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Columbine High School Shooting

I want you to think of the power you have. The power you have to make a huge difference in the life of someone else with a small, simple act.

Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying program created by Columbine shooting victim’s father, starts a ‘chain reaction’ in Lancaster County

VIA Lancaster Online
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Boston Marathon bombings

For me, it's been therapeutic to give back.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor leading charity that once helped her

VIA Boston 25 News
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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