We are heartbroken and devastated by the senseless violence at the Covenant School in Nashville. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims, and we send our deepest condolences to the Nashville community.
The loss of innocent lives, especially children, is a tragedy beyond words. We mourn the loss of each and every victim and stand in solidarity with those affected by this horrific incident. Our hearts ache for the families and friends left behind, and we offer our support and compassion during this difficult time.
As an organization dedicated to mental health education and advocacy, we know the importance of addressing the root causes of gun violence and promoting access to mental health resources as a preventative measure to reduce community violence and the resulting trauma. We must come together as a community to support those affected by this tragedy and work towards a future where senseless acts of violence like this are no longer a reality.
Our message to the Nashville community is one of hope and resilience. We must continue to support each other, and prioritize our collective mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Together, we can heal and rebuild, and honor the memory of those lost by creating a safer, more compassionate world for all. We must work together to ensure that all individuals have access to the care and support they need to thrive and prevent future tragedies like this from happening again.
Here are some strategies that individuals may use to cope after a school shooting.
Seek Support: It is essential to seek support from loved ones, friends, or a mental health professional. Talking about the event with a trusted individual can provide comfort can help reduce feelings of distress.
Take care of yourself: Take care of yourself by eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Engage in activities that you enjoy and that help you relax.
Limit exposure to media: Repeatedly watching news coverage of the shooting can increase feelings of anxiety and stress. Try to limit your exposure to the media and social media coverage of the event.
Connect with community resources: Seek out community resources that offer support and healing services. This may include counseling services, support groups, or community events.
Take action: Consider getting involved in advocacy or activism to prevent future incidents of gun violence. Taking action can help you feel empowered and give you a sense of purpose.
Remember that everyone copes with traumatic events differently, and it is essential to find what works best for you. You're not alone.
You are important. You matter. You were born to make a difference. Hang in there, we got this!