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Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Dealing With Terror and Tragedy

Amid recent terror attacks and the ongoing heightened security at many of our international destinations, the APFA EAP Departmentalong with the Critical Incident Response Team is available to Flight Attendants affected by feelings of distress and sadness.

Terrorist attacks can result in intense ripple effects of grief because they don’t only affect those who are physically attacked. They also affect society at large due to the immediacy of widespread media coverage surrounding the events. In an instant, our sense of safety and security can be compromised, along with ordinary feelings of peace and happiness.

Grief and anxiety can set in when our sense of “normal” is suddenly disrupted. As days pass, we may be continually reminded of the event by news coverage and social media. Even when the publicity of the event subsides, our anxiety may not. 
Traumatic events have a way of changing a person’s perception, assumptions and expectations of life. They can leave us feeling shocked, saddened and vulnerable. However, it is important to remember that these are normal reactions to an abnormal or unexpected event. 
Remember, there is no “one way” to feel. Individuals react in their own way. If left unresolved, these effects can be harmful to our health and have implications for both our private and professional lives.
There is no simple fix to make things better right away, but there are actions that can help us cope better and heal:
  • Structure your time and maintain a normal schedule.
  • Exercise regularly, eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water. 
  • Accept support from caring family and friends.
  • Develop realistic goals and do something every day to move towards them.
  • Stay off social media and avoid speculating about the event.
  • Talk to people you trust.             
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. 
  • Call the CIRT team or EAP to talk. 


Critical Incident Response Team (800) 998-8194
EAP (817) 540-0108 ext. 8701

*Optum EAP Assistance (800) 363-7190. Employees have the option to meet with a counselor for up to four free counseling sessions. 
Abby Alconcher
APFA National EAP Specialist


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