A serious accident can have a very real impact on your mental health. Whether you are an accident victim, someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, or you were a survivor in an accident where others died, you need help and support. It is normal to experience depression, anxiety, anger, nightmares, flashbacks, and other problems after an accident. And there is help available. If you or someone you love is having difficulty after an accident, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
The Trauma Survivors Network provides information on mental and emotional recovery after an accident, as well as multiple ways to connect with other trauma survivors online and in local support groups.
The National Association of Social Workers offers several search tools for finding a therapist in your area, including those who will conduct video sessions when you cannot travel to their offices. The NASW website also has a wealth of articles on issues that accident victims may be facing including depression, anxiety, pain, and more.
MentalHealth.gov has a treatment locator, as well as information on mental health issues and tips for people experiencing mental health problems.
Finding Help Locally
If you want to find a support group, therapist, mental health care provider and other programs in your area there are several places you can contact to get information on these services including:
- Your county’s Department of Social Services
- Local churches
- Local hospitals
All three of these options should have information about the services that are available in your area. Many of the services they can put you in touch with will be free or work on a sliding scale based on income.