Coping with Mass Shootings and Identity-Based Violence

Please see the resources below for ways to support coping for yourself and others.

In response to identity-based violence in current events

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of Racial Trauma and Stress

Videos like the Tyre Nichols footage can be traumatic. An expert shares ways to cope

Coping with Societal Stress – Monthly Group Session
Co-sponsored by the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office and Marsh Chapel

(The next group is planned for May 17 at 12 noon. Registration will be announced in the May Employee Wellness email and open here May 1.)

This virtual group session will be co-facilitated by FSAO Counselor, Sarah Henderson LICSW, and Marsh Chapel Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman. They will guide you in a dialogue about the impact of ongoing societal stressors and traumatic events. Participants will be invited to share reactions and challenges they are facing, as well as strategies they are using to cope. Facilitators will offer suggestions and resources for managing the effects of these challenges, such as tips for promoting emotional resilience and engaging in self-care. This group is being offered monthly, Jan – May 2023. 

Boston University identity-based communities 

LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Community Networks – Allies & Advocates, Faculty & Staff of Color, LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff, and Staff and Faculty Extend Boston University Disability Support (SAFEBUDS)


In response to Mass Shooting events

Coping with Stress Following a Mass Shooting

Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting

7 Tools for Managing Traumatic Stress

For Parents

“What Happened to MY World?” Helping Children Cope

Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk with Our Kids

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

Tips for How to Help Your Children Cope in the Wake of Yet Another School Shooting (BU Today)

For Managers and Leaders

Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events

Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy

Small Actions Make Great Leaders by Hitendra Wadhwa. June 22, 2022. Harvard Business Review article