December 14, 2012

Article: How To Cope & Help With The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Thank you to Danica Davidson at Act.MTV.com for this:

Earlier today a gunman opened fire in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to CNN, 26 people were killed in the school shooting, and the suspect is now deceased in the building.

Twenty of the victims were children, and six adults, including the principal and guidance counselor, were killed. Adam Lanza, has been identified as the shooter. So far three handguns connected to him have been found: a Glock, .223 caliber rifle and a Sig Sauer. Lanza’s mother was a teacher at the elementary school and is among those who have died. As of this writing, it has also been announced by CNN that a senior law enforcement official said Lanza’s brother is also dead.

Speaking at a live press conference, President Obama said that America has endured too many tragedies like this, and listed off shootings at Aurora, the Sikh Temple and other places. He said that upon hearing the news, “I reacted not as a president, but as anyone else would, as a parent…I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

Because this happened so recently, it will take time to set up funds and other ways to help those affected by the shooting. We will update you on ways you can help the victims and their families when these opportunities arise. In the meantime, we have some suggestions for things you can do right now.

+ Get Up & Get Out

Tragedies like this can weigh so heavily on us that it makes it hard to move or think about anything else. The simple act of taking a walk, hitting the gym, running some errands or getting food with friends, can help us cope with tough feelings and feel better.

+ Learn More About The Issues

Situations like this are very sensitive subjects, and there is no single way to fully prevent something like this from ever happening again. However, there are ways to make this much less likely to happen. This can be a time to learn more about mental illness, violence, gun control, and other issues linked to the incident. The more informed you are, the more power you have to help make change.

+ Turn Anger Into Action

This is a horrific story, and as we learn more about it and the issues surrounding it, there will be more ways to take action. Taking action can include helping the victims and their families as opportunities arise, or getting involved in programs aimed at curbing violence. You could also write to your representatives about how you feel on the issue of gun control. You can also express your condolences online by Tweeting with the hashtags,#PrayForNewton and #Newton

If you are hurting from this, whether you’re personally involved or not, that’s absolutely understandable. It’s okay to express your feelings. We recommend you check out halfofus.com, but if you want to talk to another person, feel free to call 1-800-273-TALK.

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