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Friday’s tragic bus crash at Westboro station may be distressing for many in the community.
Ottawa Public Health has a webpage about responding to stressful events and says:
“After an emergency or disaster, people may feel dazed or even numb. They may also feel sad, helpless, or anxious. In spite of the tragedy, some people just feel happy to be alive. It is not unusual to have bad memories or dreams. You may avoid places or people that remind you of the disaster. You might have trouble sleeping, eating, or paying attention. Many people have short tempers and get angry easily. You may have strong feelings right away. Or you may not notice a change until much later, after the crisis is over. Stress can change how you act with your friends and family.”
Here are some resources to turn to for help:
- Ottawa Public Health - responding to stressful events.
- Distress Centre Ottawa has trained volunteers standing by 24⁄7 – call 613-238-3311.
- The Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24⁄7 to people aged 16 and up – 613-722-6914, or 1-866-996-0991 toll-free outside Ottawa.
- Young people can call the Youth Services Bureau crisis line at 613-260-2360 or chat online with a counsellor at chat.ysb.ca.