Mind Springs shares coping skills for trauma, disasters

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Experts are offering tips about how to talk kids in light of the deadly high school shooting in Florida.

Emotional embrace outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida after the School Shooting, Photo Date: 2/14/18 Photo: ZUMA Press

Mind Springs Health CEO Sharon Raggio sent out a letter Thursday talking about Coping Skills for Trauma and Disasters. The contents of which are below.

Coping Skills for Trauma & Disasters

Our hearts are now further broken by the Florida school shooting and we want to express our deepest sympathies to all who are impacted by this latest tragedy. Indeed, all of us, here on the Western Slope, are impacted regardless of our physical location here in Colorado. We share underlying circumstances – vulnerability in daily life, and a growing awareness that our world is not as safe as we once believed.

Now in the immediate aftermath of this most recent tragedy, it is important for all of us to support ourselves, our children, our family, friends and colleagues in navigating through this dark time. How you or others are feeling about this is important. Be kind to yourself and keep healthy habits like eating well and getting enough sleep. Practice positive psychology (the art of positivity) and develop resiliency skills. Talk with your kids in a way appropriate for their age and keep home a safe place. Watch for signs of stress, fear or anxiety and encourage your children to put their feelings into words by talking about them or journaling. You will find more information at MindSpringsHealth.org/coping-with-trauma-disasters.

These tips and strategies can help guide you and your children through this current crisis. Your voice and strength is also needed to help change the stigma associated with behavioral health. We know that people with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than people without an illness. We know that treatment works.

Please take care of yourself and your family today, and lay the groundwork for a happier and healthier future.

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