These are tough times. And sadly, one public health crisis doesn't stop for another.

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. Accidental shootings, domestic violence and suicide rates are all expected to rise. Many people are alone, and many people have lost incomes, jobs, or loved ones. So now, more than ever, we need to look out for each other. The effects of this pandemic on the mental health of ourselves and our communities will 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, are experiencing secondary trauma, or having a hard time during the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.

Resources:

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.