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Mental Health Resources To Support Employees In The Wake Of Mass Shootings And Gun Violence

Updated: May 25, 2022

In the last five years, there have been at least 31 shootings with four or more fatalities.

Parents across the nation are shaken as 21 people (at least 19 children) were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Racially motivated hate and violence have recently led to the death of 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York—almost all of them Black, and six AAPI women in Atlanta as attacks and violence on Asians and Asian Americans have been on the rise.

The constant news reports about the violence of mass shootings can lead to increased stress and anxiety. According to Mental Health America, violence—including gun violence—and fear of violence causes both trauma and 'toxic stress,' which is a contributing factor to the development of some mental health conditions.

It's also incredibly important to combat "the persistent myth that mental illness is a leading factor in mass shootings," which is stigmatizing and can contribute to fewer people seeking treatment. According to, only 3 to 5 percent of violent acts can be attributed to those with serious mental health conditions, and it's actually ten times more likely for those with severe mental health conditions to be the victim of a violent crime than the general population.

Mind Share Partners has compiled the following list of resources to support professionals coping with the aftermath of gun violence and the ongoing fear and danger that persists.

I. Organizations Working To End Gun Violence + Providing Mental Health Resources

  • [Organization + Program] SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support. The helpline's SMS service is also available in Spanish. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for emotional support.

  • [Organization] Sandy Hook Promise Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Their intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. By empowering youth to “know the signs” and uniting all people who value the protection of children, we can take meaningful actions in schools, homes, and communities to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life.

  • [Organization] National Center For PTSD The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.

  • [Organization] The National Child Traumatic Stress Network For parents and caregivers: The NCTSN's mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

  • [Organization] Giffords Giffords is an organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence.

  • [Organization] The National Council For Behavioral Health Trauma-informed, resilience-oriented care.

  • [Organization] Everytown The Everytown Survivor Network is a nationwide community of survivors working together to end gun violence. The Survivor Network connects survivors to each other, amplifies the power of survivor voices, offers trauma-informed programs, provides information on direct services, and supports survivors who choose to become advocates.

  • [Organization] Moms Demand Action A grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence and treatment. Moms Demand Action has established a volunteer chapter in every state of the country and Washington, D.C., and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.

  • [Organization] American Psychological Association (APA) The APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members.

See our list of additional emergency resources for mental health, clinical resources, peer support services, and mental health organizations here.

II. Articles and Resources


Mind Share Partners is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that is changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. We host communities to support ERGs and professionals, build public awareness, and provide workplace training and strategic advising to leading companies.

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