I haven’t decided what, if anything, to write about yesterday’s events. I didn’t know any of the five victims, didn’t know their accused killer–but we all occupied the same community, whether it was the University of Calgary or the city of Calgary itself. In the end, we all know someone who knows someone who was directly involved; the murders underscore the fact that Calgary, despite its size, often feels much smaller. I want to thank those of you who reached out with messages of encouragement. We’re all going to need help getting through this.
In the meantime, I wanted to point you towards a great resource for coping with traumatic events. This is the first in a series of posts highlighting mental health resources with a particular focus on those based in Calgary or Southern Alberta.
If you have been affected–either directly or indirectly–by this event or other recent tragedies, or if you’re simply struggling to make sense of things during a difficult time, we remind you that LifeWorks can help you cope.
We encourage you to contact us any time for free, confidential assistance from a caring, professional consultant. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by toll-free number or online at www.lifeworks.com, to help you and your dependents:
- Cope with feelings of grief, anxiety, sadness or helplessness
- Find ways to talk to children about violence and safety
- Support friends, family members and co-workers who may be affected
- Locate support groups and other resources in your community
Visit www.lifeworks.com or our mobile app to email us and arrange a call with a consultant, or access helpful resources like our podcast, Getting Back to Normal After a Traumatic Event, or articles, such as:
- Reacting to School Violence: What Parents Can Do
- Taking Care of Yourself After a Traumatic Event
- Coping with Grief and Loss Following a Traumatic Event
- Talking With Children About Violence and War
- When Media Coverage Makes You Anxious
- and many more
Call LifeWorks at 1.877.207.8833 any time.
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If you need to talk about what happened, people are here for you. I’m here for you.