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BATA Statement on School Shooting Tragedy in Uvalde, Texas

28 May 2022 1:04 PM | Molly O'Neill Haaga (Administrator)

May 28, 2022

The Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life that took place in Uvalde, Texas this week. We send our condolences to the 21 families in mourning and recognize the need for universal grieving as our nation confronts yet another preventable act of violence against our most innocent and vulnerable.

When 19 children, and 2 teachers committed to helping them learn and grow, are targeted in what should be a safe environment, we have witnessed a societal failure. As we now rush to respond, we are reminded of what could’ve been if prevention was prioritized.  

Going forward, BATA supports collaborative efforts between mental health professionals and lawmakers to identify initiatives that improve management of access to guns and promote public safety. Additionally, BATA continues to advocate for accessible and equitable mental healthcare across OH.

As an association, we value our members and their efforts to help others in need. We hope the following resources may assist you in taking care of yourself, your families, and your clients at this time.

Fund for Families of Victims and Survivors of the Uvalde School Shooting

A grassroots civil rights organization, the League of United Latin American Citizens has set up a fundraising site for the families of victims and survivors of the Uvalde shooting

https://lulac.org/uvaldefund/

Comprehensive School Safety

Resources to help individuals and state associations advocate for the recommended policies and practices to improve school safety

https://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/policy-priorities/critical-policy-issues/comprehensive-school-safety

Caring for Kids After a School Shooting

A video from the Child Mind Institute regarding best practices for treating children after a school shooting in their community

https://childmind.org/article/caring-for-kids-after-a-school-shooting/

Biopic Mental Health

Mental health resources for black, indigenous, and people of color from Mental Health America

https://www.mhanational.org/bipoc-mental-health

Gun Violence Trauma: Resources for Counselors and Consumers

Trauma counseling resources from the American Counseling Association

https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/mental-health-resources/gun-violence-trauma-resources

Take Care of Your Emotional Health (For Your Clients & The Public)

Resources from the American Counseling Association

https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/mental-health-resources/trauma-disaster/take-care-of-your-emotional-health-for-your-clients-and-the-public

Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy

An overview of research-based conclusions and recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of gun violence from the American Psychological Association

https://www.apa.org/pubs/reports/gun-violence-prevention

Gun Violence Research

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Policy-Priorities/Stopping-Harmful-Practices/Gun-Violence-Research

EVERYTOWN for Gun Safety

https://www.everytown.org/

MOMS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense in America

https://momsdemandaction.org/

STUDENTS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense in America

https://studentsdemandaction.org/about/

NAMI HelpLine

1-800-950-NAMI (6264) — open Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

 


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