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Coping After the Parkland, FL Shooting

Incidents of mass violence, including the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are human-caused tragedies that can impact whole communities and the country at large. Because of the unpredictable nature of these types of disasters, it’s normal for people to experience emotional distress.


How To Take Care Of Yourself

People can experience a wide range of emotions before and after incidents of mass violence, but it’s important to find healthy ways to cope.


Don’t Consume (Too Much) Media

There is a fine line between staying up-to-date about events and becoming upset by news and images. Social media and television, particularly TV news, often show the scariest parts and repeat them over and over. It is important to limit news especially for young children who don’t understand when or where these events are taking place.

Take Care of Yourself

You may not want to eat a healthy meal or go for a jog, but taking care of yourself will help your body deal with stress. Make it a priority to exercise each day, eat well, and plan to get a good night of sleep. You may be tempted to deal with your feelings by having a few beers or doing drugs, but positive coping skills like writing in a journal will help you heal in the long run.

Help Others

When tragedy strikes, we often look for ways to help those in need. One way to do this is to help promote life-saving services like the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990). You may also find comfort in participating in commemorative events or by volunteering in your community.

Connect With Loved Ones

Talk about your losses if you need to. If you want to talk about your losses since the disaster, you can. If you want to talk about the future, you can do that, too. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust. That can be a friend or family member or a health care professional.

Get Support

If you’re in distress related to the anniversary of the Orlando shooting, you can reach out to a counselor, therapist, or crisis hotline for support. You can call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990)  at any time.The Helpline’s counselors are specially trained to support people who feel distress related to disasters such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The Helpline provides free and confidential crisis counseling to anyone in the United States, is available 24/7 and offers translation services in over 50 languages.

How To Help

If you know a friend, loved one or neighbor whose been affected, reach out. It could mean more to them than you know.


Lend an ear or a hand

If someone you know has been affected by a disaster, check-in with them regularly. Ask them how they’re feeling and truly listen. Offer to help them with day-to-day tasks like laundry or food shopping so they don’t have to worry about it.

Get them help and take care of yourself

Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Disaster Distress Helpline and the Lifeline is always here, both for crisis intervention and to support those concerned about others. Counselors at the Disaster Distress Helpline are specially trained to provide resources and support for those affected by disaster.

Get in touch

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Call The Disaster Distress Helpline


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