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GSWNY’s Support Resources Following Buffalo Mass Shooting

We understand the recent mass shooting in the City of Buffalo has impacted many both directly and indirectly. This senseless act of violence injured 13 innocent people, claiming the lives of 10 victims. The mass shooting has been identified as a racially motivated attack and hate crime.

Girl Scouts of Western New York stands in unity with the victims, their loved ones, and the community. It is important to note that anti-racism and actively fighting against hate is a clear pillar of Girl Scouting and a value we hold dear.

We understand this is challenging for our girls, and our community to process. GSWNY has compiled a list of resources to help all of us navigate this difficult time.

Available Resources

GSUSA’s Raising Awesome Girls content: It’s Okay to Not be Okay and When Violence on the News Shakes Her World

 For child-centered trauma resources

For child-centered grief resources

For mental health crises

  • Call 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for online emotional support
  • The Crisis Text Line connects you to a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message: Text NAMI to 741741

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:

Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery

The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center. PFA Handouts include:

From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University

Disaster Helpline

SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.

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