The staff at 211 HelpLine express deepest condolences for the students, families, teachers, staff and community in Broward County.
Without a doubt, the impact of school shootings has no boundaries…the ripple from this traumatic event has sent shock waves county to county, statewide, nationally and throughout the globe.
The Center For Child Counseling suggest tips to help cope that include: spending time talking to your children, help them to feel safe by discussing activities that schools and communities are putting in place to promote safety, and to limit all forms of media exposure that can compound the trauma and produce rumors and misinformation.
211 also reminds anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, distressed, and disheartened by this event and wishes to reach out, helpline staff are available 24/7. No one ever needs to suffer alone or in silence. Simply dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to TXT211 (898211) any time of day or night. Online chat is also available from 10am until 8pm- visit 211palmbeach.org or 211treasurecoast.org
You can also make a difference. Local efforts to break down barriers and stigmas regarding mental health and wellness have been ongoing. Consider joining a mental health coalition, volunteering for the National Alliance for Mental Illness or Mental Health Association or help bring Mental Health First Aid classes into your community, workplace or place of worship. Call 211 to find out about what’s available in your area.