On Monday morning there was another mass shooting. This time at an elementary school in Tennessee.
An environment meant for learning, growth and nurturing, that should be safe, was turned into one of terror that will forever change the lives of the children, staff and families impacted.
Given the large number of tragedies that have already occurred in 2023, and the violent nature of these events, Sycamores recognizes the devastation and the heaviness that many of us are grappling with. We cannot ignore the accumulated stress and trauma that comes with each additional event. Our children and youth are especially vulnerable to this and need our support to help them learn how to cope with the continued stress.
In staying true to our mission “to cultivate hope and resilience to enrich the well-being of children, adults, families and communities”, Sycamores feels led to move beyond issuing statements, as these incidents are happening too often, and to strategically consider what action our organization and each of us as individuals can take.
We encourage everyone to remember the importance of self-care and being kind and gentle towards each other. As a behavioral health organization, we would be remiss to not mention the importance of seeking help and therapy when you or a loved one needs extra support – including calling the new 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline when needed. We must remember the importance of community and supporting each other during these times. Is there someone you should reach out to? Someone you can remind that they are not alone….that we are all hurting and confused when such horrible events take place. While we can’t diminish the pain of brutal, senseless events, we can start a ripple of kindness. Each of us, in our own way, can help others toward a better life.