The Mental Health Impact of Mass Shootings
For survivors of mass shootings, the daunting mental and physical tolls do not stop when the shooting does. Survivors often fight a constant uphill battle to overcome a variety of mental and physical health impacts. In fact, up to 95 percent of people exposed to mass shootings experience symptoms of PTSD in the early days after the incident, and most of those individuals feel the psychological effects of the trauma months later.
Let’s get this straight: Mass shootings cannot be discussed without acknowledging the repercussions they have on the mental health of survivors, their families and friends, their communities, and the psyche of the country as a whole. Gun violence impacts nearly every fabric of American life, and we are determined to raise awareness in light of the mental health impacts of mass shootings.
For the first time in more than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a fighting chance to gain federal funding to study the effects of gun violence. The House of Representatives has approved $50 million to fund such research, but the Senate has yet to act. Contact your senators today and demand that that they fund research into gun violence prevention!
How Can We Support Survivors of Mass Shootings?
Be mindful that traumatic events can cause emotional distress, particularly to survivors living or working in impacted areas, the loved ones of victims, and first responders, rescue, and recovery workers. It’s crucial that we remember the importance of checking in, checking up, and checking often to support yourself and others in distress. Learn more about how you can support survivors and people impacted by gun violence.