SoPo, never forget. Though some 55,000 New Yorkers are still living without power others are still coming to grips with the time the lights went out in Manhattan. And since groups like the Red Cross aren't setting up support groups for them, they're taking things into their own hands. Like Barry Drogin, who has been suffering from self-diagnosed acute traumatic stress (now post-traumatic stress) since the lights went out.
"I understand people [are] losing their homes," he explained recently when calling into NY1, but that didn't make the stress he was feeling less real. "After 9/11 people created support groups and things. And sometimes just by grouping people together you don't even need a professional there."
Having had trouble finding any good city-based mental health services since the storm, Droginrry has gone and offered to start his own. He just needs a few more people to sign up. In the meantime, he's written up his experiences with the blackout, along with some tips on coping with the power loss. In addition he offers these tips for dealing with someone traumatized by the blackout (tips we've not been 100 percent great at following ourselves in this post):
- Do not tell them that others have it worse, or are still without power. That is cruel.
- Do not laugh at them or run away from them. Listen and be patient.
- Do not conjecture or refer them to resources that you have not personally confirmed are currently available. Offer to research for them.
We've reached out to Drogin to find out how the group is coming along but haven't heard back yet.