Everyone experiences crisis at some points during life. Examples of crisis or trauma situations include deaths, natural disasters, violent crime, sexual assault and abuse, the aftermath of suicide, threats to public health, or campus or domestic violence. People may also experience trauma indirectly. For example, bystanders, friends or roommates of victims, family members, or public safety personnel who work with disaster or trauma victims may also be affected.

Each person responds to crisis or disaster differently. It is important though, to understand the potential reactions that accompany crisis and to know how to take care of yourself during times of extreme stress.