KYC Statement on the Highland Park Shooting
It is with heavy hearts that KYC grieves with the community of Highland Park and all who are impacted by yesterday’s tragic events. We know that multiple members of our staff, volunteers, clients, and community partners were directly impacted, and countless folks are working to deal with the news. No family should have to fear for the safety of their child, sibling, parent, neighbor, or friend as they strive to learn, educate, work, shop, or celebrate in what should be the safety of their local communities.
Everyone deserves to live safely.
KYC is committed to helping our neighbors throughout the northwest suburbs find the resources they need to support their wellbeing. As we are all processing the news differently, please take time to recognize how you’re feeling and to give yourself space to connect with the support that you need at this time. Below, you’ll find information and programs that may be helpful as you kindly care for yourselves and loved ones.
- This article from the Child Mind Institute about how to talk to children about frightening news in English (https://childmind.org/article/helping-children-cope-frightening-news/) and Spanish (https://childmind.org/es/articulo/ayudando-los-ninos-afrontar-noticias-aterradoras/)
- This page from the Illinois Department of Human Services on dealing with traumatic events: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=36398
- Anyone in the state of Illinois can call the Illinois Division of Mental Health Warm Line at 1−866−359−7953 (Monday — Saturday, 8am-8pm) for emotional support
- Anyone in the state of Illinois can text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish to connect with a Call4Calm counselor in your area who can connect you with local mental health resources
- Find Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) state-licensed providers who specialize in treating substance use disorders, addiction, and mental illness at https://findtreatment.gov/
- Find free and confidential support for individuals in crisis available 24 hours a day 7 days a week by texting HOME to 741741
- Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1−800−273−8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for more information
- If you or someone you know are in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, call 9−1−1 immediately
If you’re looking for support but aren’t sure where to start, our team can help connect you with local resources at 847−524−8800.
Please check in with your friends, families, loved ones, and neighbors. Support one another, and grant each other the grace to process this immense trauma. It’s OK not to be OK. Please help one another find what we need to cope in healthy ways.
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