Resources for Coping with Tragic Mass Shootings
Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida CPANCF.COM
Though we all get the sense that such events are ever more commonplace mass shootings are rare and extremely hard to predict. Though rare, their impact is widespread as we as a nation share the grief, horror, and loss that those more directly touched by such senseless and cowardly violence face. Some will have a family member, friend or acquaintance involved as a victim, survivor, witness, or even a law enforcement officer or first responder who had to face the situation or it's aftermath.
The American Psychological Associated and other organizations have printed a number of resources for families, parents, those in crisis, and the community for coping with the aftermath of a mass shooting and other disasters. The following are links to some articles. Please feel free to let us know of other available resources and we will try to update.
National Disaster Distress Helpline
Tips for youth who may be dealing with the media about disasters or mass shootings.
From the National Center on PTSD: Individual Adjustment to Mass Shootings
Restoring Sense of Safety after Mass Shootings
Mass Shootings; Parent Guide
Mass Shooting Information Sheet - from Children's PTSD Network
Mass Shooting - Parent Tips
Mass Shootings -Helping Children Manage from the American Psychological Association
Donations and Other Support Resources - Link to Huffington Post Page
Free Counseling Resources:
Hotline: 407-228-1446 or 407-822-5036
Counselors on site:
The Center at 946 N Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
Hispanic Family Counseling
6900 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809
Link to WESH Channel 2 - Additional Free Counseling Services
Gainesville Police Department Officers, City of Gainesville Employees, and Suwannee Lumber Company Employees can call our office for the Employee Assistance Program
Support for the Survivors of the Orlando Mass Shooting - Links and Resources
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Central Florida is working to support the Central Florida LGBTQ community through counseling and support in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. To reach the center’s hotline and speak to a counselor, call 1-407-228-1446.
Coping with Loss - on the CPANCF.COM website
The Heart of Florida United Way has a Central Florida crisis hotline available to those in the area by calling 211. The hotline is available 24/7 to those in need of it.
The Victim Service Center of Central Florida also has a 24/7 hotline available. The number is 407-497-6701.
The Zebra Coalition offers support for LQBT+ victims. Their regular hotline is 877-909-3272 but in light of recent tragedy they have opened a new hotline 407-822-1446. Press #1 to speak to a counselor.
If you are or know of any University of Central Florida student needing support, please visit the UCF Counseling and Psychological Services website http://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/ UCF Counseling and Psychological Services is open to students needing support.
UCF CAPS Crisis Hotline number is: 407-823-2811.
If you are or know of any University of Florida student needing support, The University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center will have counselors available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at both 3190 Radio Road and at CERC on the 4th floor of Peabody Hall. You may also call our direct line 352-392-1575 at any time. This phone line is staffed 24/7.
Help for Law Enforcement Community and First Responders
If you are or a family member of a first responder, you may call the Safe Call Now for support. Their number is 206-459-3020. The line is 24/7 and can assist with different issues such as mental health, substance abuse, and other personal issues.
Offsite: Psychosocial Needs of First Responders in Mass Casualty Incidents