When we think about killers and school violence most of us would have a mental image of a teenager dressed in a trench coat carrying an assault rifle as he moved through a crowded school of traumatized staff and students. But there is another killer to consider. A silent killer. This killer doesn't wear a trench coat, in fact this killer is silent and very hard to see. This killer's work doesn't end in 10 minutes of gunfire...this killer's work can go on for a life time.
The psychological and emotional wounds inflicted after a traumatizing event can result in a life time of silent suffering as a victim slowly erodes from within. Gone is happiness, joy, contentment, productive work, meaningful relationships, confidence and personal identity. Left behind is fear, anxiety, depression, sorrow, grief and despair.
While physical wounds are quickly addressed and begin healing as the body recovers from the trauma the emotional injuries are not so readily diagnosed and managed. Thus the silent killer begins its work.
Effective response to trauma is not a "feel good" luxury. Telling people to pick themselves up and quietly march forward is not a universal cure for everyone. The proper psychological and emotional care required after such an event is a must... it is a life saver.
I would encourage your organization to take time today to identify resources that can be summoned should you experience a traumatic event that requires a rapid and sustainable response in order to help victims be not only physically but emotionally healed.
Please contact us if you would like to learn about some of the resources available to help you prepare.
Don't let the silent killer continue to stalk and claim his victims.
This is John Baker for safetysolutions4schools.com. Image courtesy of www.wiredit.com