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Trestle Trail Tragedy: Easing Anxiety and Fear

Trestle Trail Tragedy: Easing Anxiety and Fear

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Trestle Trail Tragedy: Easing Anxiety and Fear



Trestle Trail Tragedy: Easing Anxiety and Fear

Traumatic events like the Trestle Trail tragedy can impact the community’s sense of safety and security, says Samaritan therapist Dede Harris-Bruss.

It’s normal to experience both emotional and physical responses, Harris-Bruss says.

“Even if you were not directly impacted by the event, it is normal to feel anxious, scared, sad and uncertain about the future.”

Harris-Bruss says to help heal from the aftermath of a traumatic event:

  • seek comfort andsupport
  • minimize media exposure
  • acknowledge and accept your feelings
  • make stress reduction a priority

Children need extra reassurance and support after tragic events. She says it is important for parents, teachers and caregivers to:

  • create an environment in which children feel safe communicating their feelings
  • not assume they know how children are feeling
  • be empathetic and good listeners
  • send the message, “I know you’re scared, and that’s okay. I’m here, and I’m going to help you get through this.”

Dede Harris-Bruss, MSE, LPC, SASA is a licensed professional counselor. Dede has an AODA specialty in counseling. She sees clients in the Fox Cities and New London.

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