Dealing with Gun Violence

Recent mass shootings in Buffalo, NY, Laguna Woods, CA, Uvalde, TX, and elsewhere across the country have again centered concerns about gun violence within public discourse. Our hearts are broken over this violence — gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, women, teenagers, and veterans. Guns have also been used in the increasing violence targeting Jewish and Muslim people in the United States.

We have gathered a few resources about the trauma from gun violence. This is not an exhaustive list.

UConn provides some research-based resources.:

We also recommend these resources:

For more resources, including mental health resources for the AAPI, Black, Latinx, and LGBTQIA+ communities, please visit our “Anti-Racism Resources” page.

For UConn’s mental health services, please visit Student Health and Wellness (SHaW)’s resources for mental health at Storrs and at the regional campuses; student wellness resources at UConn Health; Human Resources mental health resources; resources for suicide prevention; the Student Care Team, which responds to concerns about individual student health and wellness; Holistic Huskies, a podcast on student mental health experiences; and UConn’s Wellness Coalition, a space for students to come together and develop innovative solutions to health and wellness issues on campus.

Veterans and active service members can find resources through the Veterans Affairs and Military Programs (VAMP), which provides student support services specifically for veterans, active service members, and their families attending UConn.  VAMP works closely with the Center for Students for Disabilities, which has a wealth of resources for veterans regardless of ability status. VAMP also works closely with state-based Veterans Centers that provide fully confidential mental and behavioral health assistance.