INDIANAPOLIS — At least eight people lost their lives after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility on Thursday in Indianapolis.
The shooting marks the third mass casualty event for IMPD this year.
As community leaders speak out against gun violence and news about another shooting in our community rolls out, it can be increasingly difficult to handle our mental health.
Anyone who is a survivor, victim, or community member and is struggling with mental health — especially after a mass casualty event — doesn't have to bear the burden of grief alone.
Here are some organizations that can offer support.
Resources for victims, survivors and community members
SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
For people experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, offers toll-free crisis counseling and support through the Disaster Distress Helpline, at 1-800-985-5990.
Their website offers resources for people who experienced or are experiencing mass violence.
Mental Health America
If you feel you will need ongoing emotional support, Mental Health America is an organization that can help you navigate the labyrinth of resources available to you.
If you're interested in receiving immediate crisis assistance, that is available through their website.
Their website also includes how to find and work with a mental health provider in your area and gives advice on how to navigate more long-term mental health care.
If you need immediate assistance you may also call 1-800-950-NAMI to speak with someone now.
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center specializes in providing guidance and self-help for survivors, family members, community leaders, and mental health providers in communities that experienced a mass casualty event.
Experts at NMVC also provided the following tools and articles which give advice on coping with grief, stress management, and other mental health tips.
- Managing distress: Grounding tips for crime victims, survivors and family members of mass violence incidents (MVIs)
- Tips for survivors: Coping with grief after a disaster or traumatic event
- Tips for survivors of a disaster or other traumatic event: Managing distress
- Mass violence resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Suggestions for parents — mass violence incidents
- Resources for community leaders - Promoting mental health recovery in a community