Our Hearts and Minds Are with the Uvalde Community

May 25, 2022

Our hearts and minds are with the Uvalde community and those affected by the Uvalde Elementary School shooting. As our own local community experienced this type of tragedy just a few months ago, many parents, teachers and students may be experiencing a resurgence of fear or sadness. While sweeping social reform is needed to prevent these types of issues from happening, we offer these strategies to help anyone feeling directly impacted at this time:

– Try a mindfulness exercise or breathing technique to mitigate stress symptoms and allow for clear thinking.

– Limit consumption of news and social media to avoid unnecessary or unwanted exposure.

– Stick to your routine as much as possible to provide a sense of normalcy in this time of heightened fear and anxiety.

– Remind yourself and your loved ones of measures in place to help keep them safe.

– Provide age-appropriate facts and information in small bites, no more than what children are asking for or needing.

– Take control where you can, even over small tasks and decisions.  This applies to children as well, as this plays a crucial role in reducing a sense of helplessness and building resilience

-Take action in whatever way you are inspired to.

-Check in on one another and talk about how you are feeling, but try not to ruminate. Remember that healing occurs in connection with others.

– Ask yourself if you are ok and reach out for help if needed.

For parents looking for suggestions specific to young children, here is a helpful article on the topic.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the JFS Resource Center at 248-592-2313 to speak with a resource specialist. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out to any of the following crisis resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a live, trained crisis counselor 24/7

Common Ground Resource and Crisis Center: Call 800-231-1127 for free and confidential counseling information and referrals from Common Ground in Pontiac, Michigan.