Gun violence does not end when the trigger is done being pulled.
Violence is an epidemic and needs to be treated as such in a public health setting to ensure proper resources are available to people with trauma. The effects on the mental health of the community run deep and can be especially hard to recognize – even to the individuals themselves.
Whether you are a survivor, activist, journalist, have lost a loved one to gun violence, or are experiencing secondary trauma, we encourage you to reach out to someone for help. If you are dealing with any level of trauma it is important to recognize the trauma and seek proper resources.
As with any medical emergency, a mental health emergency can be life-threatening. If you are injured or you are in a situation that is potentially life-threatening, please seek immediate emergency assistance by calling 911.
If you’ve lost someone and don’t know where to begin in taking care of yourself, here’s a guide on ways you can begin to cope with loss.
For the Parkland community that has been through so much already, visit Eagle’s Haven for education, family strengthening services, and wellness resources to help our community heal.
Want to talk to someone?
You can call or text any of these hotlines at any time of day, free of charge, whether it’s urgent or you just need someone to talk to. Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline site to find specific resources for youths, LGBTQ+ people, disaster survivors, and more.