Mass Violence: Message from the NCCTS

A message from The UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) to providers around the nation:

August 6, 2019 at 8:33AM

Dear National Child Traumatic Stress Network Partner,

It has been a heart-wrenching start to the week. We take this time to reflect on the tragic mass shootings that took place in Dayton, OH, and El Paso, TX, this past weekend, and Gilroy, CA, last week. It is difficult to fathom the reach and impact of this violence. We hold the communities of Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy close, knowing that families across the country and across North America are mourning today.

We also know that many of you have responded to other violent events in your communities and recognize the ongoing day-to- day efforts of all of you to support traumatized children, families, and communities throughout the country, in collaboration with members of the NCTSN and our partners. This Network is doing important work that at times takes its toll on all of us too. We continue to be grateful that NCTSN sites and partners can support each other as we collaborate to help those facing painful losses and those responding during times of crisis.

The NCCTS will continue to offer support and information (particularly through our Terrorism & Disaster Program), and will facilitate connections across our members and partners to address the traumatic events of the past few weeks. We also urge Network members to take time to take care of themselves and those close to them as we work together to help those in need.

All the best,

Bob Pynoos, John Fairbank, (Co Directors); Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Jenifer Maze, (Deputy Directors)

UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS)

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