Trauma in the Wake of Tragedies
In the wake of harrowing tragedies like the Orlando massacre, people far and wide can experience trauma—even if they were not directly involved in the event. And the signs don’t necessarily manifest themselves right away.
They may appear later. But we can help. All of us can help someone who struggles with trauma—whether you work in the medical community, you are just another caring individual or you are a mental health or addictions provider.
In that vein, the National Council for Behavioral Health would like to share a few resources with you:
· INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Signs A Person May Be Experiencing Trauma
· INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Tips to Help Someone Experiencing Trauma
· TIP SHEET: Trauma in the LGBTQ Community: What Practitioners Should Know in the Wake of the Orlando Shootings
· FACT SHEET: LGBTQ Mental Health: How the Orlando Shootings Can Broadly Impact This Community
We hope these resources are helpful—whether you find them informative or want to share them with others in your community.
Want even more information? Please head to our trauma resource page or check out SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress resources.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION IN ORANGE COUNTY, INC. (MHA)
JOINS THE NATION AS WE MOURN THE TRAGIC LOSSES AS A
RESULT OF THE MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO
Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families and victims of this tragedy.
It is important to note that while we remain unclear of the causes of the perpetrator’s mental health condition, the belief that mental illness is connected to gun violence only serves to further stigmatize individuals with these illnesses and makes it harder for these individuals to access and obtain treatment.
We must continue to advocate for greater resources for the prevention, identification and treatment of mental health conditions.
Furthermore, MHA stands poised to continue our support to the LGBTQ community.
Together we remain strong with our commitment and advocacy efforts to ensure equity and safety for all.
If you or someone you know is in need of 24 hour crisis intervention, information and referrals, please contact MHA’s 24 hour Helpline at 1-800-832-1200.
Information regarding MHA’s other services are available on MHA’s website at www.mhaorangeny.com