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Mental Health Resources To Help Cope With The Trauma Of Mass Shootings And Gun Violence

Mental Health Resources To Help Cope With The Trauma Of Mass Shootings And Gun Violence

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.

Support is also available through their online app, which lets you create an individualized mental health crisis plan.

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. 

Their website also includes finding and working with a mental health provider in your area and giving advice on how to navigate more long-term mental health care.

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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.

They have a self-help app called Transcend NMVC, available on both Apple and Android mobile phones.

Experts at NMVC also provided the following tools and articles that help with coping with grief, stress management, and other mental health tips.

This article was originally posted on www.wthr.com.

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