Cope with Acute Stress

Cope with Acute Stress

It may be useful to take note of the followings to promote your psychological recovery:



  • Get adequate rest and give yourself time to process your emotions and thoughts
  • Use alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Disrupt your normal eating patterns
  • Take breaks from things related to the incident
  • Overwhelm yourself with different tasks or information (e.g. from social media or the news)
  • Focus on something practical to manage the situation better
  • Do risky things
  • Use relaxation methods
  • Withdraw from pleasant activities
  • Spend time with others but allow yourself some private time as well
  • Extreme withdrawal from social contacts 
  • Maintain your routines and keep your life normal as far as possible
  • Stop all your plans and work
  • Talk to people for support and express your emotions and needs
  • Engage in violent behaviours or conflicts


If you would like to have further emotional support, or if the stress responses persist and become difficult to manage, you can talk to our counsellors at CoPE. You can also refer to the below hotlines and services operated by organisations in the community.

Support Services in the community

Hong Kong Red Cross - Shall We Talk Psychological Support Service
Make an appointment:
5164 5040 (WhatsApp)
or @hkrcshallwetalk (Telegram)

The Samaritans - 24-hour Multi-lingual Suicide Prevention Services

(852) 2896-0000

Youth Outreach  - 24-hour hotline

(852) 9088 1023

Open Up - Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support
WhatsApp/SMS: (852) 9101-2012
WeChat: hkopenup

Cope with Acute Stress