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 www.imhurting.org 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.