“After traumatic events, especially when children and young adults are involved, parents, teachers, and friends wonder how to cope with the situation,” stated Pat Morris, Senior Director of Behavior Health Services at Volunteers of America Western Washington. “Many adults do not feel adequately prepared to deal with their own fear and emotion, much less provide the guidance necessary for children.”
“We at Volunteers of America extend our deepest sympathy to the families, friends, and communities affected by the violence and threat of violence in our children’s schools across our local neighborhoods and the nation,” Morris said. “Supporting people at times like these is part of our mission and work.”
Morris emphasized that reaching out for support is a great start for anyone to help understand what resources and support is available to begin the conversation.
One option is to contact the Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America Western Washington through the crisis phone line at 800-584-3578.
The online crisis CHAT and Text support can be reached at www.imhurting.org or by texting “START” to 425-258-HELP (4357). Trained clinicians and volunteers are ready to listen and provided professional support. The calls and the online support are free and confidential.