According to the American Psychological Association, a large majority of adults in the United States are stressed by mass shootings, and a third of U.S. adults say that fear of mass shootings stops them from going to certain places and events.
On Thursday night, eight people were killed by a gunman at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport. It was the fifth high-profile mass shooting this year, following shooting sprees in Atlanta; Boulder, Colo.; Orange, Calif. and Rock Hill, S.C.
Anyone who is a survivor, victim, or community member, who is struggling with mental health — especially after a mass casualty event — doesn’t have to bear the burden of grief alone.
Here are some organizations that can offer support.
Resources for victims, survivors, and community members
SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
For people experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, offers toll-free crisis counseling and support through the Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990.
Their website offers resources for people who experienced or are experiencing mass violence.
Mental Health America
If you feel you will need ongoing emotional support, Mental Health America is an organization that can help you navigate the labyrinth of resources available to you.
If you’re interested in receiving immediate crisis assistance, that is available through their website.
If you need immediate assistance, you may also call 1-800-950-NAMI to speak with someone now.
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center specializes in providing guidance and self-help for survivors, family members, community leaders, and mental health providers in communities that experienced a mass casualty event.
Experts at NMVC also provided the following tools and articles that help with coping with grief, stress management, and other mental health tips.
- Managing distress: Grounding tips for crime victims, survivors, and family members of mass violence incidents (MVIs)
- Tips for survivors: Coping with grief after a disaster or traumatic event
- Tips for survivors of a disaster or other traumatic event: Managing distress
- Mass violence resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Suggestions for parents — mass violence incidents
- Resources for community leaders – Promoting mental health recovery in a community
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