How To Cope With A Tragedy Close To Home

By David Czarlinsky

Copy Support & Staff Writer


While every mass shooting is different, it is imperative that people know how to handle the situation both mentally and physically if another one comes their way.

With the local nature of the most recent school shooting, many Lynn faculty, staff and students have been emotionally impacted by the tragedy. Each circumstance is unique for every individual, but there are certain ways to cope with the tragic nature of such events.

“Communication is one of the most important factors after going through a mass shooting,” said Nicole Ovedia, director of the Lynn counseling center. “[People should] talk about the event and listen to others discuss it as well.”

Ovedia stated that self-care is a priority after an event like a school shooting. It is essential to take time alone for both mental and physical health. She gave ideas such as going for a walk, going to the gym, writing in a journal and reading.

“It is really important to find a sense of community,” Ovedia said. “After the [Haiti 2010] earthquake, every night, we came together and people just talked. That is one of the more powerful things you can do with each other.”

If ever put into a life-threatening situation, it is very important that individuals remain calm and positive. Studies show that when in these situations, the body goes into a natural flight or fight mode. Ovedia sees the significance in overriding these emotions.

“You need to remind yourself of the things you need to do and remind yourself to remain calm,” said Ovedia. “[It is vital] to tell yourself reassuring things like, ‘I am going to be okay. This is temporary. Help is on the way.’”

As noted, each of these traumatic situations is on a case-by-case basis. When discussing future situations, Ovedia discussed the importance of the “if you see something, say something” motto.

When questioning whether to report a problem, Ovedia encourages the community to rely on professionals.

The director of the counseling center addressed the importance of ensuring that everyone takes the preventative measures that they can. One step to ensure safety is to attend a lockdown training so that students are aware of what to do in the event of a lockdown on campus.


David Czarlinsky

David Czarlinsky is in his second year in the 3.0 program, pursuing a degree in communication and emerging media. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Czarlinsky has gotten very involved on campus, serving as a resident assistant and president of his fraternity.

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