Resources

The resources below include organizations, hotlines/text lines, and printable tip sheets that can be helpful during difficult times.

This page is just a sample of the many resources  available for individual and community healing after mass violence trauma.  If you do not see what you are looking for related to healing after 5-31 – reach out to the VB Strong Team to see how we can help.

*Download a free copy of Preparing Well: A Guidebook for Coping Emotionally and Physically Before, During, and After a Trauma Anniversary.  

Preparing Well Compressed : This book was created to provide additional support for each individual in their recovery journey.

Virginia Victim Assistance Network: Virginia Victim Assistance Network (vanetwork.org) Check out information on the Homicide Survivors Support Group.

  • To find out more information, contact Dina Blythe, Group Coordinator at Dina.Blythe@vanetwork.org or 804-331-4057 ext.103

Crisis Text Line – This helpline offers free 24/7 support for individuals struggling with emotional crises.

  • Text the message “COPE” to 741-741 to speak with someone now

Virtual Grief Support GroupsHospice_VirtualSupportGroups2ndround.pdf (sentara.com)

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Disaster Distress Helpline – This helpline is for anyone experiencing significant emotional distress related to a mass crime or major disaster. Mass violence victims are specifically encouraged to contact the helpline, either by telephone or SMS/text, at the numbers below:

  • Call 1.800.985.5990 – English (with a Spanish-speaking option)
  • Text “TalkWithUs” (or “Hablanos” for Spanish language assistance) to 66746
  • In Puerto Rico, Spanish Speakers can text “Hablanos” to 1-787-339-2663

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – This helpline provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be routed to the closest crisis center based on your area code. Local counselors have access to community mental health resources and can provide referrals.

  • 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-799-4889); TTY: 1-800-799-4889
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has chat available, 24 hours a day. Chat with someone now, by clicking here

Helpful Websites

Resources for Teachers/Parents about Grieving Children

General Coping Tips

How to reach out to others

Health, Wellness, Sleep

Media

Alternative Resources