June 14, 2016 | No words can ease the grief the victims, families and their communities feel after such a horrendous act of violence. Recent events here and around the world have opened the eyes for many of us to the psychological effects of trauma related to a mass shooting.
For the surviving everyday commonplace is violated and no longer feels safe. It is with these challenges and challenges like these (suicide, sexual/physical abuse, mass shootings) our communities face that we remain grateful for our mental health providers.
Mental health providers don’t simply support the impacted, they support the world around us. Exposure to violence or abuse are strong predictors of higher chronic conditions, not to mention the higher utilization and cost to the health system.
An event such as the mass shooting in Orlando shouldn’t be a fortune-telling of our future as Americans. Healing is possible and we have mental health providers in our communities for support.
We urge our community reacting to media coverage of these events, or other traumatic events like local instances of suicide to know the symptoms of trauma and reach out for help.
Northwest Health Services is a voice in St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri of mental health awareness and support for those with behavioral or emotional needs. Together Northwest Health clinics collectively support 16 counties in Missouri providing comprehensive, high-quality care in the areas of behavioral and emotional health along with medical and dental health. To learn more about Northwest Health visit www.nwhealth-services.org.