Mass shootings and our mental health

Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, joined a club no one wants to join: the ever-growing list of schools, places of worship and communities torn apart by a mass shooting.

On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman entered the elementary school and killed 19 children and two teachers in a fourth-grade classroom before being shot dead by authorities responding to the shooting, AP News reports. The shooting in the heavily Latino city came on the heels of another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. Just 10 days earlier, an 18-year-old gunman targeting black people killed 10 people in a Tops Friendly Market.

Those not directly affected by these shootings do not escape unscathed either.

Many have even changed their way of life for fear of becoming a shooting victim. In a survey published in August 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA) found that more than three-quarters of American adults are stressed about potential mass shootings. That stress was highest among Hispanic and black Americans, according to APA. Nearly 1 in 3 adults said they feel they can’t go outside without worrying about being caught in a mass shooting and that their fear keeps them from attending events or going to certain places.

Mass shootings and our mental health

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