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Managing Upsetting Events and Situations

Naomi’s story (You Aren’t Alone)

Experiencing an upsetting event or situation can be emotional and sometimes traumatizing. Upsetting events occur in everyone’s lives- death of a loved one, involvement in a car accident, or loss of a job. These situations cause stress and fear but after the initial shock of what happened, they don’t usually cause the same amount of emotion. 

DJ’s story of strength

There are times when traumatic events or situations are so overwhelming, and make such an impact, that you may have flashbacks about it or feel like it’s happening again. Adolescents and teens who experience these distressing flashbacks or memories often report feeling shaky or dizzy, panicked, trapped, have a rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath when these thoughts occur. 


If these recurring flashbacks or memories are affecting school performance, everyday functioning, relationships, or hold you back from the things you enjoy- it’s time to seek help. 

Li’s story of resilience

In addition, we have put together all kinds of videos, tips and tricks to improve your mental wellbeing in the Head’s Up Checkup app.

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Downloading the Head’s Up Checkup app is easy. Simply click on this link  (if prompted, please enter the app code: HUCU) and register with your email address or phone number.  


No user information is ever shared per our Privacy policy.

( If prompted, please enter the code: HUCU)


If I had known that what was happening to me was not uncommon and wasn’t strange … it would have been a catalyst to seek help.”

If you are in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

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