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 MentalHealth.gov, 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