CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In the aftermath of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey, it’s normal to feel a variety of feelings like fear, anxiety, sadness and anger as well as physical symptoms such as insomnia, changes in appetite and headaches. Staff at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Counseling Center encourage Islander students to take care of themselves as they recover from Harvey’s effects, and at the same time, begin a new academic semester.
“One of the most powerful things you can do after a crisis is connect with other people,” said Dr. Theresa Sharpe, Interim Director of the University Counseling Center. “Don’t isolate yourself. Share your feelings and concerns with your friends, family, a trusted professor or come by the Counseling Center to talk.”
Sharpe says it can be triggering to continue seeing news coverage of a traumatic event, so she suggests taking a break from social media and news outlets. Also, she recommends engaging in positive activities, like volunteering to help storm victims, to help with the coping process.
The University Counseling Center, located in the Driftwood Building, will offer drop-in group sessions during the coming weeks to support those affected by Harvey. Group times for the first week of the semester are as follows:
All counseling services are free and confidential for Islander students. Walk-in clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. No appointment is needed. After hours, students can call 361.825.2703 and press ‘2’ to be connected with a crisis counselor. For more information, visit http://counseling.tamucc.edu/.