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After traumatic events like the Aurora Theater shooting, it is common to experience stressful side effects that can impact our lives. Anxiety, flashbacks, moodiness, emotional numbness and difficulty concentrating are all common signs of stress following a difficult event.

If you or anyone you know is currently dealing with stress, please contact the resources listed below.

Aurora Mental Health

  • Call 303-617-2300 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit www.aumhc.org
Aurora Mental Health Center Offers Trauma Support Group

Visit the Aurora Mental Health Center websiteAurora Mental Health Center is offering a trauma-focused support group for middle and high school students who were presentat the Century 16 theater complex on 7/20/12.  The purpose of this group is to give teens an opportunity to talk with others who were in the theater and learn ways to manage trauma symptoms.   

Date & Time: Wednesdays from 5-6 pm
Location:  14301 East Hampden Ave.  Aurora, CO

For more information contact Erin Staniszeski, LCSW  at 303-617-2644 or visit auhmc.org.

Important Resources for Dealing with Trauma

Talking to Kids -- Of All Ages -- About the Colorado Movie Shooting
by Kathy Ehrich Dowd, ivillage.com

Although it's understandable to want to avoid talking about a tragedy with your kids, it's important if they're old enough to have heard about it. Here's how to talk about a shooting with your kids, age by age. 

After a Loved One Dies - And How Parents and Other Adults Can Support Them
by David J. Schonfeld, M.D. and  Marsha Quackenbush, MS, MFT, CHES

When children get support from parents and other adults around them, it helps the entire family cope. 

Columbine Survivor On Dealing With Trauma
by Ryan Warner, Colorado Public Radio

Unless you were in that Aurora movie theater when the bullets started flying, you can’t really know what it was like. Yet trauma of this magnitude and, hopefully, healing from it, are experiences others have had, including survivors of the Columbine shooting in 1999. We’re going to talk with one of them now. Craig Scott was in the school’s library, the scene of the most carnage. His sister Rachel, who was outside, was the first to be killed. Scott speaks with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

Ask an Expert: Children and tragedy
Written by Christine Harms on Jul 21st, 2012. | Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org
Christine Harms is the school outreach consultant for the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.

Q. How in the world do I talk to my children about the horror that unfolded at the Aurora movie theater? One of my kids says he’ll never go to a movie again.

A. Once again, tragedy has struck Colorado, and parents want to do the best they can to help their children process these events. When disasters strike, most of us are inclined to turn to the TV, radio, or internet and follow the latest news. Unfortunately, children often do not understand that what they are seeing is one event played repeatedly...