The staff of CAPS join with our students of UNL in expressing how deeply shocked and saddened we all are by the shootings that occurred in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas. We cannot ignore the death of another Black male at the hands of law enforcement. We cannot ignore the loss of police lives. This is not the time to discount, dismiss, or deny anyone’s feelings. Rather, it is important to acknowledge that the loss of life in recent days, as well as historically, is senseless and painful to us all.
As we struggle to wrap our minds around the losses and the many emotions we are experiencing, we recognize that our students may be struggling as well. With that in mind, we want to remind students that we are available to sit with you and talk about how you are being affected by the harsh reality of the shootings.
We understand that, while no one can go through something like this without being affected, this uniquely impacts our students of color, especially in their sense of safety. Race-based trauma is very real and can create symptoms and experiences much like PTSD. Repeated race-based trauma puts your emotional, psychological, and physical well-being at risk. Symptoms of race-based trauma include: shock, denial, disbelief, sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, panic, hypervigilance, anger, loss of appetite, apathy, numbness, and hopelessness. We want to remind you of the safety of our spaces in CAPS and encourage you to reach out for support should you need it.
CAPS staff members want you to know that we are committed to our students’ care and safety. With that in mind, we seek to be a safe space, now and always, where students can talk about fears, sadness, or concerns about discrimination, racism, or harassment. We encourage you to talk to us, we can help.
Students may call our office during regular office hours to make an appointment or reach out to us in the evenings, if they are in crisis. The CAPS number is (402) 472-7450.
You can also join us on Friday, July 15th at noon in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center for a dialogue on the recent shootings, their impact on mental health, and how you can take care of yourself in the process.