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Tip Sheets

In the aftermath of a tragedy – whether it be a mass shooting, a traumatic event, an act of nature, or a global health crisis – there can be loss of life, injury, or severe stress. Those impacted are often in shock, suffer from anxiety or fear, and may be uncertain about how to access critical information, mental health resources, and support. VOICES Tip Sheets provide specific, timely guidance for individuals, families, and communities with a pathway to achieve healing and resilience.

 

Resilience gives strength to cope with stress and hardship. It is what we call upon in times of need to carry us through life’s difficulties. Resilient individuals better handle adversity and rebuild their lives after a struggle; and while resilience does not eliminate stress, it allows us to work through feelings of loss and recover.

In the aftermath of a traumatic event – an act of violence, social or civil unrest, or domestic terrorism – there can be loss of life, injury, or severe stress. Those impacted are often in shock, suffer from anxiety or fear, and may be uncertain about how to access critical information, mental health resources, and support.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the deadliest global health crisis we have faced in our lifetime. Communities around the world have imposed much-needed restrictions by implementing vaccination programs, making requirements, quarantines, and social distancing to slow down the spread of the virus.

In the aftermath of an act of mass violence or tragedy, those impacted are often in shock and uncertain about how to access critical information. Whether you are a family member who lost a loved one, or someone who survived or witnessed the event, you will need guidance on how to find resources.