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June is PTSD Awareness Month

Did you know you don't have to experience a traumatic event first-hand in order to have PTSD? According to The National Institute on Mental Health, "anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes combat veterans as well as people who have experienced or witnessed a physical or sexual assault, abuse, an accident, a disaster, a terror attack, or other serious events."

People can also have secondary trauma from hearing about a traumatic event or seeing it in the news. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network defines secondary traumatic stress as "Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another." This was common in medical professionals and behavioral health professionals, but it is now becoming common among educators kids and parents.  Learn more about this in the articles below. 

Mass Shootings Leave Lasting Psychological Wounds

By now the sight of grieving, sobbing family members, terrified children and devastated communities is all too familiar from the coverage of mass shootings such as the recent ones in Uvalde, Tex., and Buffalo, N.Y. But when the cameras are gone, the dead are laid to rest and the injured have been treated, what psychological wounds linger?

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Vicarious Trauma From School Shootings

The news of the most recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is devastating. The fact my last sentence has to include the phrase "most recent" is even more appalling. While I have listened with deep empathy to people express their grief over what happened, I have not known what to write in a public forum.

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How National Tragedies Create Secondary PTSD | Newport Academy

The new high school movie "The Fallout" is raising awareness about what teen trauma can look like in the wake of a tragedy. The film, which started streaming on HBO Max last week, follows one teenager's emotional turmoil following a school shooting. "The Fallout" illuminates the different ways in which teen trauma and grief can manifest.

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Get more resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Support for Parents Who Have Lost a Child


Parents Helping Parents provides peer support for those who have suffered the loss of a child.

The group members:

  • Offer encouragement and comfort
  • Talk openly about personal experiences
  • Discuss topics relevant to grief and loss
  • Explore ways to grow in our personal journeys
  • Provide information and helpful resources

Next Meeting: June 15th, 9:30 - 11 AM.

Get the details on their website. 

Upcoming Events

Click the images to learn more and register.

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Pride Month Events & Resources

Download the Slides and Watch Recording of Our LGBTQIA+ & Allyship Event

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LGBTQIA+ Resources from

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Local Resources & Support The Gender Diversity & Resilience Program serves transgender and gender expansive youth ages 12-18 and their families. Find Gay Straight Alliance contacts and resources on this website created by the LGBTQ+ Task Force Additional Resources

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In the News

6 Things People Actually Need To Improve Their Mental Health Right Now

Your favorite Instagram influencer can post about self-care all day, showing glamorous pictures of bubble baths and retreats. Leaders across the country can offer lip service on the need to address mental health. A company can send an email to its employees honoring Mental Health Awareness Month.

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