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Coping in A Complex World-Acts of Violence

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The EKU Counseling Center joins with the community of college and university counseling centers worldwide to express support for those who are affected by the recent wake of terror and violence. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who have lost their lives or were injured in the midst of this tragedy. We extend heartfelt invocations for peace and healing to all the communities impacted as well as to the loved ones of those lost. 

Current events nationally and abroad can impact each of us in many ways- sometimes immediately and sometimes in the weeks, months, or years down the road. Violence in places where we have often felt the safest to connect with one another and to be ourselves fully, like our communities and campuses, can evoke a range of reactions that include fear, anger, confusion, and sadness. 

The staff at the EKU Counseling Center is committed to diversity and inclusion and is here to provide support to all EKU students. If you are struggling with the personal impacts of recent events (national or abroad), the tone of national discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats, or other more subtle forms of oppression based on any aspect of your identity, please utilize walk-in services at the EKU Counseling Center. The EKU Counseling Center will remain a safe space for discussions of the impact of these tragedies. We are on the 5th floor of the Whitlock Student Services Building (room #571) and are open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. You may also reach us by phone at: (859)622-1303. 

A Meditation For Peace

Online resources regarding the impact of mass violence and discrimination, and how to build resilience are available from:

Coping With a Traumatic Event-Centers for Disease Control

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting-American Psychological Association

Building Resilience to Manage Indirect Exposure to Terror-American Psychological Association

Discrimination: What It Is, and How to Cope-American Psychological Association

Stress in America: The Impact of Discrimination-American Psychological Association

RESilience: Uplighting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race-American Psychological Association


Published on October 02, 2017

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