Tragic Events in Kalamazoo – Email from Dr. Koretsky & more

Dear Honors Students:

In light of the awful tragedy of Saturday evening, you may find that you are struggling to come to grips with what happened in our community. I found this resource guide very helpful: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx

I encourage you to follow the advice in this guide, which includes:

  • Talk about it.
  • Strive for balance.
  • Turn it off and take a break.
  • Honor your feelings.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Help others or do something productive.
  • Remember that grief is a long process.

Please keep in touch with your instructors, the LHC and other WMU staff and faculty with any concerns you have. If you are really struggling, I encourage you to seek professional counseling, either at Sindecuse or elsewhere in our community.

If you have not already seen it, I encourage you to read President Dunn’s statement: http://wmich.edu/news/2016/02/30512

Note also that there will be a forum in the Bernhard Ballroom this evening at 7 pm to discuss concerns regarding the WMU Alert System. Please consider attending and encourage others with concerns to attend as well. There will also be a series of events in our community to gather and remember victims and grieve together. You can find details regarding these on MLive:

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/02/reeling_from_shootings_kalamaz.html

Take care,

Carla


 

Group counseling at Sindecuse:

“Beyond Grief and Trauma” on Friday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This group is open to any student who would like additional support around any grief or traumatic incident, including this shooting.

Sindecuse counselors are also planning to transition an additional group time into a trauma focused support group. This group will run on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Both of these options are, again, open to any student wanting to process and debrief from this weekend’s horrific events. Students do not have to have been involved in counseling prior to attending these groups but will have to provide their names upon participation.

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