1. You can email Cybersmile directly 24/7 at [email protected] for confidential support from a trained advisor.
2. You can post here on the forum your thoughts and feelings about how the Orlando tragedy has affected you or if you have questions or concerns about the online media coverage. Please note this forum is NOT confidential. This is a safe public space where fellow Cybersmilers can support one another.
3. If you feel emotionally overwhelmed by the coverage, be it through your news feed, Twitter account, Facebook or through a conversation online -There are some quick self-care techniques you can also use to help you through this. This can be done in combination with the above support or on its own. I have extracted a few tips from a blog I wrote on Mindfulness in the digital age, which can be found in full at the link provided www.cybersmile.org/blog/mindfulness but here are a few techniques to get you started:
•TAKE A DEEP BREATH- Place your hand just beneath your naval, as this will help you tangibly feel the rise and fall as you breath in deeply. Then pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.
•TAKE A BREAK- If you are finding all the coverage or heated conversations online about Orlando upsetting, then step away from your computer or phone. Go for a nice walk, play some uplifting music or talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling.
Remember you are not alone. Research has shown that over saturation of traumatic events online or on TV, can have an impact on our wellbeing and mental health whether it directly pertains to us or not. So please don't be afraid to address how you are feeling or to reach out for support. We are here for you!