dealing with mass shootings

August 5, 2019

It's been a rough weekend for our country.

First, a gunman opened fire on an El Paso, Texas Walmart on Saturday. Then early Sunday morning, violence struck very close to home in downtown Dayton. In all, 29 people died and many more were injured. One of the Dayton victims, Logan Turner, lived in Springboro.

While law enforcement investigates both of these tragedies, there's also a lot of processing to happen for the people of El Paso, Dayton, and even in our communities in Warren and Clinton Counties. Experts suggest several ways that may be of help:

  • Talk with someone. Whether it's a trusted friend or relative, or someone trained to help you through, having someone close to talk with about your feelings can relieve stress and anxiety. Seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.
  • Reassure kids that they are safe. Validate their feelings and help them express themselves, but remind them that schools are very safe.
  • Remember the four S's. Solace as comfort, Security for safety and protection, Support as people move through emotions, and Service through essential help to meet basic needs.
  • Turn off the news, even for just a little while. Keeping the TV turned on can raise anxiety and stress levels. Take a break and do something you enjoy, like a short walk.
  • Take care of yourself. You can't help others if your own energy is depleted. Eat balanced meals and build a routine that has you eating at regular times. And don't forget to exercise, too.

If you need someone to listen, call the Crisis Hotline at 877-695-NEED (6333). If you want to text with a trained professional, send the phrase "4hope" to 741741.

For more tips on coping, visit our website or check out the SAMHSA website.