Yuma mental health professionals offer help over Colorado shooti

Yuma mental health professionals offer help over Colorado shootings

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Yuma--Mental health professionals said in the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Colorado those who were in the theatre could suffer anxiety and depression in the following weeks.

They said something of this magnitude not only has a devastating impact on the victims but could possibly affect others as well.

"Make sure that you're monitoring what they see," Mily Schroeder, regional director for Mountain Health and Wellness of Yuma said. "Different ages interpret things differently, so make sure you understand how mature is your child to that the see on TV. However we don't have control what they see or not."

They said its important for parents to talk to their children about the shootings, especially if there were young victims in the attack.

In this day in age, children encounter information and images everywhere they go and CENPATICO of Arizona is offering advice in how parents can best explain the situation.

"Creating chaos or making a child believe that the movie theaters are not safe or that you have to be in fear, that's not a good thing," she said.

Schroeder said the best thing a parent could do is teach their children what is safe or not in general such as never talking to strangers, travel in pairs and be aware of their surroundings.

"If you feel that you were really affected by it, for most of us it was really graphic, talk to people, let it out, Is what I would suggest," she said. "You don't have to go to a mental health professional to feel better.>

Anyone who may need help of know of someone who needs immediate help, CENPATICO offers a toll free 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-866-495-6735.



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