October 1, 2022
In the aftermath of the mass shooting on South Street, here is where to find mental health support.

On Saturday night, shooters opened fire at Second and South Streets. Three people were killed and 11 wounded as a popular strip of Philly nightlife became a scene of pandemonium and horror.

Gun violence reverberates throughout a community, inflicting harm on mental health. After a shooting in their neighborhood, Philadelphia kids and teens were more likely to go to the emergency department with mental health as their chief complaint, a study found. And after school shootings, students within 10 to15 miles were more likely to get an antidepressant prescription.

Adults aren’t immune either. In the days following the 2019 mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the American Psychological Association found that 79% of adults experience stress as a result of the possibility of a mass shooting and 33% say the fear prevents them from going to certain places.

“We are all being impacted and we’re all on edge. We are vicariously traumatized,” says Jaynay C. Johnson, a therapist and owner of a practice that is focused on supporting teens with suicidal ideations and depression. “We see the images, we hear the stories, and although it may not have happened directly to us, we are still traumatized by the fact that it is happening around us.”

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