In the aftermath of an act of mass violence or tragedy where there is loss of life and/or injury, 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 in the days and months ahead. Children in the community are especially vulnerable and will need close observation within a safe, supportive environment.
First responders and mental health practitioners, no matter how well-trained, may be exposed to highly stressful circumstances in addition to enduring intense workloads and long hours. Effective management of the media following a tragedy is critical for those impacted, as well as the community-at-large.
Voices of September 11th (VOICES) produced Tip Sheets with a grant from Public Safety Canada based on extensive research and lessons learned. VOICES Tip Sheets provide specific, timely guidance for victims’ families, survivors, first responders and health care practitioners. Information is also available on talking with children as well mental health considerations for the short and long-term.
Contact our office at 203-966-3911, or email at VOICESCenterForResilience@voicesofsept11.org if we can be of assistance.