July 20, 2012
Dear Families and Friends,
All of us at VOICES were terribly saddened to hear the news of the senseless, mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado last night. Latest reports indicate that 71 individuals were injured, and 12 tragically died. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as those who were injured and the community at large.
Acts of violence, such as this tragic shooting, often bring back memories and emotions related to the chaos and confusion we all felt in the aftermath of 9/11. Recognizing these challenges we want to forewarn you that watching extensive news reports can be traumatic for you and your children.
Over the years I've had the privilege of working with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. They have created helpful resources to assist individuals and families in coping with difficult feelings that may arise from a traumatic event. Information is also available to provide strategies for parents to talk to their children about this tragedy. Resources can be accessed by clicking here.
VOICES social workers are available Monday through Friday for additional support. For immediate crisis assistance, please call 1-800-273-8255.
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff