Incidents of Mass Violence
The violent act that occurred in Lewiston has been deeply distressing for so many. As we start to see the personal and heartfelt stories of the victims it is normal to experience emotional distress. Feelings such as overwhelming anxiety, trouble sleeping, and other depression-like symptoms are common responses to incidents of mass violence. Other signs of emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence may include:
Who is at Risk for Emotional Distress?
People at risk for emotional distress because of incidents of mass violence include:
If a terror alert, lockdown notice, or other warning is issued via television, radio, social media, or text alert systems, the risk for emotional distress becomes greater. It is normal to feel scared, unprepared, overwhelmed, or confused.
If you have experienced the death of a friend or loved one—or if you or a loved one has been exposed to community violence—feelings of grief and anger are a normal reaction. If these feelings become too difficult there is help available.
The Wabanaki Care Line is available 24/7 – Call or Text 1-844-844-2622
Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990EXT: TalkWithUs to 66746
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)