Shreveport, Louisiana (KTAL/KMSS) – In just one week, there have been a series of mass shootings across the country, including here in Louisiana.
A shooter opened fire at a Baton Rouge nightclub, injuring 12 people. Meanwhile, here in Shreveport, the shooter injured eight of his people, including a child.
“It’s very tragic and it’s taking a toll on the people who live in those communities,” says Jessica Smith, CEO/Therapist at Vibrant Minds Therapy & Consulting.
As of Tuesday, January 24, there have been at least 39 mass shootings in the country since the beginning of the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. , does not count shooters.
“People who have experienced some kind of trauma may seem to replay the event over and over in their minds,” says Smith. “I can easily startle, have trouble sleeping, be restless, or even be nervous,” she added.
These mass shootings affect adult survivors, but they also affect children.
Laura Baxter, director of the LSUHS Institute for Childhood Resilience, says children have little control over the circumstances of their lives and may be afraid to go anywhere. She also says that one of the keys to overcoming traumatic experiences is finding trust within your circle.
but understand what Making kids feel good goes a long way, says Baxter.
“Understanding what elements of the environment help them feel safe, and who helps them feel safe.”
While there’s nothing everyone can do to avoid mass shootings, Smith says there’s one thing you can do.
Always evaluate your environment.
Also, if you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact the nearest police station.