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Resources for coping with mass violence

Publication Date: Feb 16, 2024



Since the start of 2024, the Mid-America MHTTC has seen two acts of mass violence within our region — first, the school shooting on Jan. 4 in Perry, Iowa, and then the mass shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, that occurred on Feb. 14 at a Super Bowl celebration parade. 


We mourn for the victims in both of these events, and send our utmost compassion and hope for healing to their loved ones, as well as to those who were injured or paid witnessed to these tragedies. 


Incidents of mass violence may cause feelings of distress, whether you were at the event or not. If you or a friend need help coping, know that help is available. You do not have to heal alone. 


We have compiled a list of local and national resources for parents, educators, and neighbors as they move forward following these tragedies. Feel free to share them with your family, friends, and loved ones. 


With sincerity, 

The Mid-America MHTTC 





Your Life Iowa

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education




Children’s Mercy Kansas City:

Kansas Community Mental Health Centers 24-Hour Hotlines

Johnson County Mental Health Center 24/7 Crisis Line 

  • Call: 913-268-0156 

  • Text: SHARE to 741-741

City Hall 




988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 

National Disaster Distress Helpline 

  • Call or text: 1-800-985-5990

The MHTTC Network

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network