Getting Help and Support After Traumatic Events

Bonnie Johnson - Friday, February 16, 2018
Getting Help and Support After Traumatic Events

When Tragic Events Trigger Emotional Crisis – Getting Help and Support

Directly from the desk of Kimberly Conant at Volunteers of America - PSA

“After traumatic events, especially when children and young adults are involved, parents, teachers, and friends wonder how to cope with the situation,” stated Pat Morris, Senior Director of Behavior Health Services at Volunteers of America Western Washington. “Many adults do not feel adequately prepared to deal with their own fear and emotion, much less provide the guidance necessary for children.”

“We at Volunteers of America extend our deepest sympathy to the families, friends, and communities affected by the violence and threat of violence in our children’s schools across our local neighborhoods and the nation,” Morris said. “Supporting people at times like these is part of our mission and work.”

Morris emphasized that reaching out for support is a great start for anyone to help understand what resources and support is available to begin the conversation.

One option is to contact the Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America Western Washington through the crisis phone line at 800-584-3578. The online crisis CHAT and Text support can be reached at or by texting “START” to 425-258-HELP (4357). Trained clinicians and volunteers are ready to listen and provided professional support. The calls and the online support are free and confidential.

The Behavioral Health Program is lead by Morris, and her credentials are impressive: a licensed Mental Health counselor; a Chemical Dependency professional and an Addiction counselor. She holds a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Idaho and has forty years of experience in the Behavioral health field - the last twelve years at VOAWW.She is on multiple national boards and steering committees and has served as an Adjunct professor at Northwest University and as an instructor with Western Washington University. Additionally, she provides regional Crisis Intervention training to law enforcement personnel.

Ms. Morris is available for community educational opportunities and training.