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City Launches Disaster Distress Hotline after Plane Accident

In the wake of the TransAsia Airways plane crash, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that the Taipei City Hospital Songde Branch will provide a 24-hour hotline that helps individuals cope with the emotional aftermath of the traumatic event.
If you feel disturbed and troubled by the tragedy, please dial 1999, extension 2521. The service will continue until the end of April.

According to DOH, the impact of natural disasters or incidents could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The disorder may trigger physical or emotional reactions, such as fatigue, headache, chest tightness, poor appetite, anxiety, irritability, compunction, feeling jumpy, re-experiencing the event (flashbacks, upsetting memories), shedding tears nonstop, lost of interest in activities, etc.
DOH advises individuals to heed the following tips should they exhibit any of PTSD symptoms:

 Try to return to normal life (e.g. take meals regularly).
 Accept your emotional reactions caused by the trauma and acknowledge they are only natural.
 Do not expose yourself to related news or information. Seek family support and learn not to compress your feelings.
 Engage in activities that help you relax, both mentally and physically.
 Avoid staying home the whole day. Seek the company of friends.