Young school shooting survivors may experience significant and complex long-term mental health needs, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and survivor guilt, requiring ongoing support and resources from schools and mental health professionals to improve outcomes.
The long-term mental health needs of young school shooting survivors can be significant and complex. Survivors may experience a range of psychological symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and survivor guilt. These symptoms can impact academic performance, social relationships, and overall quality of life. It’s crucial for schools and mental health professionals to provide ongoing support and resources for survivors, such as therapy, support groups, and education about coping strategies. Additionally, preventative measures such as early intervention and crisis management plans can help reduce the likelihood of future shootings and improve overall mental health outcomes for young survivors.