Coping With Tragedy

Folks react in numerous methods. Here is some recommendation and assets.

Orlando residents who’re searching for counseling within the wake of the Pulse nightclub shootings are expressing a combination of grief, nervousness, anger, confusion and shock.

For the devastated people whose pals or members of the family had been among the many 49 killed by Omar Mateen, “plenty of disaster counseling this quickly after a catastrophe goes to be simply listening,” says Carla Bresnahan, a licensed psychological well being counselor in Orlando.

For many who made it out of the Pulse nightclub alive, survivor guilt is probably going a difficulty, Bresnahan says, and the counselor’s function is “reassuring folks that they did one of the best they might do underneath the circumstances.”

Shelley Rodgers, advertising and marketing and communications director of the Sufferer Service Heart of Central Florida, says the middle’s counselors noticed survivors and family members reply to the tragedy in numerous methods within the speedy aftermath. “Some individuals had been hysterical, some had been crying. Some individuals didn’t know easy methods to react.’’

“We’re simply there to supply assist– whether or not it is a hug or a tissue. It is our job to be of no matter stage of consolation we will, to ease their ache,’’ Rodgers says.

For the bigger Orlando neighborhood, the outpouring of assist, together with the $2 million raised in sooner or later for victims’ households, is an instance of how to deal with such a tragedy, Bresnahan says.

 “Some individuals wish to get extra concerned,” Bresnahan says. Taking part in a vigil, donating cash or leaving flowers on the web site of a tragedy helps individuals really feel that they’re representing their neighborhood and being supportive. “That’s why we noticed such lengthy strains for the blood drive,” she says. 

It’s essential for individuals reeling from the shock of this tragedy to succeed in out for assist, whether or not it’s pals, household, clergy or grief counselors, Bresnahan says. Equally crucial: discovering some steadiness.

“Schedule breaks for your self from watching the media [coverage], as a result of it’s overwhelming,” she says. “Fixed publicity heightens nervousness and concern.”

That very same recommendation applies when youngsters are asking questions concerning the shootings.

“Deal with them such as you deal with your self,” Bresnahan says. “You don’t wish to overwhelm them with data. Restrict their information and TV publicity. Give them data primarily based on their age, little bits of what they’ll comprehend. A mass capturing is nearly incomprehensible for an grownup, a lot much less a toddler.”

Given the frequency of mass shootings in the US, counselors have loads of expertise observing the aftermath.

“What we all know from neighborhood crises is that they do subside,” Bresnahan says. “The most typical response after a catastrophe is that the neighborhood builds resilience, the power to manage. Folks develop into extra altruistic and attain out to others. They study that they’ll survive horrible tragedy.”

However first the neighborhood has to heal.

“Therapeutic takes time,” Bresnahan says. “It’s a course of, however the occasions we’ve seen since this tragedy suggest that the Orlando neighborhood might be hashtag Orlando Robust.”


Grief counseling providers


GLBT Neighborhood Heart of Central Florida and Zebra Coalition (LGBT youth) disaster hotlines in each English and Spanish: 407-822-5036 (Press 1) and 407-228-1446. 

The Heart is partnering with Hope and Assist, Two Spirit Well being Companies, Zebra Coalition, Rollins School, Equality Florida, MBA Orlando, HRC, Impulse Orlando, OIC and varied different native GLBT organizations to supply disaster counseling. Counseling might be accessible in each English and Spanish and is taking place Monday-Friday at: First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 E. Robinson St., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Miracle of Love, 741 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 11 a.m. to three p.m. ; Pleasure Metropolitan Neighborhood Church, 2351 S. Ferncreek Ave, Orlando, from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. (prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15); Hispanic Household Counseling, 6900 S. Orange Blossom Path, Suite 402, Orlando; and at Aspire Well being Companies, 1800 Mercy Drive, Orlando, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Coronary heart of Florida United Approach disaster hotline accessible 24/7: 211

On-line emotional assist:

Help by way of textual content: Textual content your zip code to 898-211


Sufferer Service Heart of Central Florida counseling hotline: 407-497-6701


UCF LGBT Scholar Companies: Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday by Friday. Providing group counseling from 1 to 2 p.m.


UCF Counseling and Psychological Companies: 407-823-2811. Counseling is accessible from 8 a.m. to five p.m.