In response to the tragic terrorist attack on Muslims in New Zealand, Parenting Journey reaffirms that we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters — and people of all faiths and backgrounds — near and around the world. As New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “They are us.”
In this age of 24/7 news and social media, traumatic events like this can take an emotional toll — even on people thousands of miles away.
“After widely covered events like mass shootings, vicarious trauma may cause anxiety or a general sense of helplessness even in those far from the actual tragedy. Watching and hearing about others in pain can also spark an empathetic response, because we all have some understanding of human suffering,” according to a recent post titled “What To Do If You Feel Traumatized By The Latest Mass Shooting” on the Huffington Post.
If you’re feeling emotionally impacted by this or other traumatic events in the news, please know that it is completely normal and you are not alone. Be mindful and take care of yourself.