Community violence has greatly affected the nation in recent days, including mass shootings, domestic violence tragedies and law enforcement interactions involving fatalities. The current trial related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer has also consumed the media and created raw emotions anew.
Collective trauma is a shared emotional reaction to an event with difficult circumstances and devastating outcomes. People often feel powerless when tragedies occur. You may be experiencing a wide range of emotions including anger, uncertainty, despair, grief, numbness – each is a common reaction to collective trauma.
American Fidelity's EAP has multiple resources available that you can immediately access for assistance:
- Receive in-the-moment support from a licensed clinician at 1-800-295-8323. Our Care Advocates are available by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Use one of the Resilience Boosters for a 5-minute guided self-care exercise to help you cope, destress and regroup.
- Check out one of the many tip sheets, including Reducing the Intensity of Stress as well as How to Avoid Doomscrolling, for tools you can start using today.
- Explore our library of Flash Courses in the Training section – including Coping with Civil and Political Unrest and Understanding Anxiety. These short, timely videos offer guidance and tips to manage your feelings.
You are not alone in trying to navigate these challenging circumstances – American Fidelity's EAP is here to offer care, help build coping skills and boost your emotional wellbeing.