Rolling Stone: What Happens to Survivors of Mass Shootings Like Las Vegas?

Published at Rolling Stone, October 2017

That emotional trauma is a significant fear for mental health providers as well as survivors who have been there and know what Vegas survivors are facing. “I am profoundly concerned about how people are going to be able to heal from this,” says Reed, noting she found it particularly hard to find mental health support for her children after the Tucson shooting; she has a vivid memory of watching her son “pick brains and blood out of his sister’s long blond hair.” The shooting also profoundly changed her sense of personal safety and control. But friends and neighbors didn’t know how to interact with the family. Reed remembers people suggesting to her, “Oh, you were only injured.”

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