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Dealing With Trauma After A Mass Shooting — Over The Long Term

After apparent suicides rocked the communities of Newtown, Conn., and Parkland, Fla., one shooting survivor speaks out about the lasting mental health repercussions of these traumatic experiences.
Sherrie Lawson struggled with PTSD, depression and anxiety after she survived the Washington Navy Yard shooting. Source: Courtesy of Sherrie Lawson

Fresh waves of grief have hit the communities of Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Conn., after recent news of more deaths.

On Monday, the father of a girl who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died by apparent suicide, and last week, two students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting took their own lives.

It's impossible to know the exact reason these people decided to take their lives, but their heartbreaking deaths have sparked conversation about how to support people after unthinkable tragedies, especially over the long term.

It took Sherrie

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