Omaha, Nebraska 2022-05-24 23:30:52 –
Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) — Mental processing of images from mass shootings can be difficult at any age.
Dr. Jennifer McWilliams, chief of the psychiatry department at a children’s hospital, says it is important to take advantage of this opportunity for healthy discussions when looking at images of upset families.
“By ignoring it or shutting down conversations that actually intensify some of that anxiety and fear,” McWilliams said.
Second, she says balance is important to the family. This keeps the kids from being overwhelmed.
“These are indescribable events and happen more often,” she said. “That said, it doesn’t happen every day in every city.”
McWilliams also recommended that families consume only the right amount of news media and pay attention to other places.
Finally, she said it was important to remember the good people who responded to emergencies.
“Think about all the positive people in that environment,” McWilliams said. “All teachers, first responders, law enforcement agencies (and) EMS are coming to protect their children.”
When children are already under so much stress, McWilliams said mental health is more important than ever.
“This is another drop in the bucket,” she said. “If parents or guardians find their children struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
McWilliams also added that parents could be insensitive to mass shootings because of the frequent shootings. She suggests that parents know how to talk to their children individually.
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