Incident and Stress Management
Critical Incident Stress Management is designed to help people deal with their trauma one incident at a time by allowing them to talk about the incident when it happens without judgment or criticism. The program is peer-driven, and the people giving the treatment may come from all walks of life including the aviation field. All discussions are strictly confidential, with the emphasis on keeping people safe and facilitating a return to normal functioning. The self-care for grief (below) also applies after a critical incident.
Grieving a loss is a shared experience among all. If you live long enough, grief becomes a fact of life. You cannot escape it, and grief, for the most part, is always exceedingly unpleasant. Sudden loss can affect all of us, and there are very effective things we can do to help ourselves cope.
The most important thing to remember while grieving is to make sure you physically take care of yourself by doing the following:
Keep a normal routine as much as possible.
Eat healthily, and hydrate properly (moderate sweets and heavy fats).
Practice moderation when drinking alcohol; numbing yourself by overindulging only delays feeling better.
Do not over-caffeinate.
Consume tobacco with moderation if you are a smoker.
For most of you, having a clear head is necessary to be successful at your job. While this is ongoing, check in with yourself. Grief can flow through us in emotional waves, coming and going seemingly on its own. This is normal; don't hesitate to pull yourself off the line and/or take a break from work if you are not feeling like you can keep focused.
The NGPA has confidential member-counselors available to help. Please feel free to use these resources as much as necessary.