CAPS Staff: We are Shocked, Saddened by Recent Violence

By Lawrence Chatters, MA, psychology intern at Counseling and Psychological Services

Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services staff members share with our students the profound feelings of shock and sadness following the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

As we struggle to process this incomprehensible act of violence, we acknowledge that many of our students may be struggling as well. Following these national tragedies, it is common to feel fear, frustration, anger, sadness and helplessness. It is during these times that we should reach out to those in our support system.

We at CAPS are here to provide additional support if needed. Students may call our office at 402.472.5000 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make an appointment or walk in during office hours if they are in crisis. After hours, students can call us to speak to an on-call therapist if they are in crisis.

You can also join us Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center for a dialogue on recent events, their impact on mental health and how you can take care of yourself in the process.

If you have experienced relationship violence or sexual assault, it’s not your fault and you are not alone. Help is available. Please call the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Victim Advocate, Morgan at 402.472.0203 or meet with her during office hours Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Women’s Center, Nebraska Union room 340. Please direct email to Morgan at morgan@voicesofhopelincoln.org.

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