Anger. Sadness. Anxiety.
All are normal reactions that people may be experiencing after Sunday’s shooting at the Safeway on Bend’s east side.
People process shock and grief in different ways. Local health officials know this and are offering free one-on-one support, and group support meetings every day this week.
It’s called CISM: Critical Incident Stress Management. It’s available every night this week to anyone at Pilot Butte Middle School.
It’s hard to process.
“We need to guard against the cynicism of thinking that these attacks on order and our peace as regular, unavoidable things,” said Anthony Broadman, Bend Mayor Pro Tem. “I won’t accept that. I know the community of Bend won’t accept that.”
“Folks are feeling everything from sadness to anger, anxiety and a desire to help and connect with others,” said Janice Garceau, Deschutes County Behavioral Health Director.
Teams of behavioral health clinicians and chaplains trained in critical incident response are available through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Pilot Butte Middle School cafeteria.
Spanish speaking counselors will be available.
“We are hearing from families with children. There are young people worried about safety of their community,” Garceau said. “We are hearing from people that even though we’ve experienced these kinds of events in our community as a country, we’ve not necessarily experienced them here, so that’s been quite a shock.”
Broadman encouraged anyone struggling with what happened Sunday night to seek out help.
“We have resources set up for everybody,” he said
Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency or serious thoughts of self-harm, is encouraged to dial the 988 Crisis Line. That will connect you to professionals who can provide compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress.
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