Letter: Psychological help available following trauma of Las Vegas shooting
Monday morning, we awoke to horrific news of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. We don’t yet know a lot as to the motivation of the shooter, but at this point, the “why” does not matter for the at least 58 people who were killed and the more than 500 injured either physically or emotionally. Long after the physical injuries heal, the psychological trauma will remain.
It is critical for all of us to understand this and do what we can to offer help and support to friends and family who may have been affected by this. In this mountain community, where we have very limited mental health resources, it is key that we pull together and support one another. Whether we agree on things or not, we are all neighbors.
It is a time to talk to our children. They have learned about the news, as well, and likely are confused about it or have many unanswered questions and concerns. Talk with them. It’s important.
In the coming days, the county will be offering a mental health first aid training that will be open and free to all. Until then, here are our local free 24/7 crisis services, should you or a friend need them.
• 24/7 Local Crisis Hotline: 888-207-4004
• 24/7 Colorado Crisis Services Statewide Hotline: 844-493-TALK (8255)
• 24/7 Text Line: Text TALK to 38255
Chris Lindley MPH, MBA
Director, Eagle County Public Health and Environment