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Just two months into the year, there have already been 297 shootings in Chicago. That includes 63 deaths, which equates to more than one person killed every day. Now consider for every person shot, hundreds of people are affected. Families and communities are left having to constantly cope and pick up the pieces. It takes a toll on our mental health, causing everything from anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is important for people to get the help that they need. We’re here to help.
Impact on mental well-being
Studies show that gun violence has a lasting effect on our mental health. Without sufficient support, often including counseling, individuals may develop one or more of the following:
Violence breeds violence
There’s some truth to that saying. According to the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, youth with PTSD are more likely to exhibit impulsive or aggressive behaviors. This puts them at higher risk for making decisions that put them at risk of harm to themselves and others, thus, perpetuating the cycle of trauma and violence to themselves, their friends and family, and their communities overall.
Getting the right help
The truth is that a lot of state and federal funding that provides behavioral health care has been cut. With fewer programs, many people don’t know where to go. ACCESS offers a wide range of behavioral health services to help people cope with the devastating impact of gun violence. ACCESS is also a member of the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative, which was formed to provide evidence-based solutions that reflect the needs of Chicago communities and help social service agencies, community organizations, law enforcement officials and others to more sustainably address this public health crisis.
Please contact us if you or someone you know needs help.