ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - If you feel like your mental well-being took a hit as a result of stress caused by last week's major earthquake in Alaska, you're not alone, and authorities say there are resources specifically for those in need the week after.
Several mental health services were listed in a message issued by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding dealing with life after the 7.0 earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska and, more importantly, shook its residents both figuratively and literally.
Here are some other resources being made available this week:
Aetna Behavioral Health is offering free Resource For Living telephone support to those affected by the earthquake. Individuals can contact Aetna EAP at 833-327-AETNA (1-833-327-2386) for telephonic consultation to help cope with the emotional impact of this event.
United Health Care is offering a FREE Emotional Support Line from Optum to those affected by the earthquake. Individuals can contact the toll-free help line 24/7 at 866-342-6872 to speak to a mental health specialist.
You can also call Careline, Alaska’s statewide 24/7 free and confidential crisis line. 1-877-266-4357 (HELP), or text for help at 839863.
FEMA also has a paper, titled Recovering from the Storm Within, which has some advice from those suffereing post traumatic stress or shock symptoms, or even more mild cases of panic or worry.
"Long after the skies have cleared, what remains are the storms within – the lasting psychological impact of disasters on individuals, families, and communities," FEMA said in the report. "Disasters can be traumatic experiences that take a toll on the emotional well-being of survivors, even if they aren’t hurt physically."
APD asked the public to continue to do welfare checks on loved ones, friends and neighbors. "If you can’t make contact via phone, make an attempt to physically check before calling for assistance," APD stated.