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Here's where to get mental health, emotional support

Here are some resources that can help you navigate feelings of stress, anxiety, or grief after a mass casualty event.
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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. 

Support is also available through their online app, which lets you create an individualized mental health crisis plan

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. 

They have a self-help app called Transcend NMVC, which is available on both Apple and Android mobile phones. 

Experts at NMVC also provided the following tools and articles which give advice on coping with grief, stress management, and other mental health tips.