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Supporting ALL Members of Our Community in the Aftermath of the Orlando Shooting

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By this time, it’s well-known that several people lost their lives during a recent act of violence directed at the LGBTQ community in Orlando. While the hate-fueled attack has impacted each of us in some way, there is no singular “right way” to mourn or process feelings after such a heart breaking event. As part of our community, we at Silver Linings Counseling are here to help those who need support or a safe place to work through their feelings.

For some people, it is easy to distance themselves from the continuous coverage of this tragedy, many of us, however, find ourselves compulsively checking and re-checking Facebook and news outlets for updates on those who survived the attack and to learn more about the lives of those who did not. It is normal to want to understand and to try to make sense of what seems so senseless. We hope that by figuring out what caused the attack, we can prevent future attacks and ensure the safety of ourselves and of those we love. It can be hard to accept the lack of certainty in life and this can cause feelings of nervousness and anxiety.

 

Some people have noticed a drop in energy, and struggled with feelings of sadness and anger, and maybe have even had difficulty focusing at work or in school. Feelings of isolation or loneliness can creep in and we may not fully understand our reactions or how to process or manage our feelings. Many in our community may find advice from the American Psychological Association helpful in coping http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx.

 

For those who have children, family, or close friends who identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, for those who recently came out, and for those who have yet to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning, this event can be especially isolating. It can be hard to know where to turn for support or where to go to find someone who can help you work through your thoughts and feelings. Please know that I and my colleagues are here to support you, your families, and our allies as we all process our reactions to this senseless attack.

 

In Community & Solidarity,

 

Dustin Shepler, PhD, LP, HSP