Rona Novick, coordinator of child psychology at the Schneider Children’s Hospital, said the following signs indicate a need for counseling in people of all ages:
•Having repetitive distressing memories, thoughts
•Having distressing dreams
•Acting as if the event were still happening
•Having psychological reactions, such as smelling something burning and becoming scared
•Being physically anxious or losing one’s breath at the thought of the tragedy
•Avoiding reminders of the tragedy, such as tall buildings and elevators
•Having a fatalistic view
Phone numbers to call for counseling:
•North Shore- Long Island Jewish Health System Hotline 470-8188
•Transitional Services for New York:
•Jamaica area, call Ashok Satkalmi, 526-8400, Ext. 131
• Whitestone area, call Jean M. Jones-Williams 746-6365, Ext. 32
•NYHQ is offering community support programs at 56-46 Main St., Flushing, in the Lang Research Board Room on Sept. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon and Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 from noon to 1 p.m.
NYHQ will also sponsor a children’s support group to be scheduled later. Call (800) 282-6684 for further information.