Am I wrong to feel numb to the Florida shooting? Is it bad that I don’t want to even engage in watching the interviews, the videos inside the school, the over the top questioning of the victims of “what was it really like in there”? I don’t want to know what the hell it was like, probably traumatizing as hell people!!
Being a mental health worker/social worker in a high school, it all hits too close to home. Did I ever think a profession such as helping others would essentially be done in a place I’d fear for my safety? No. But I do know that more of my days are filled with helping more kids then not, and I don’t choose to be fearful, I choose to fight for kids to feel safe, valued, appreciated and respected so that they know at least some are there for THEM and THEM alone.
I will tell you though we’re exhausted. We’re tired. And the needs keep increasing with sometimes what feels like no added support. I need YOU parents, community members and teachers to be there for me for us mental health workers in the ways of listening more, watching more, being there for kids with your wisdom that life isn’t all that bad and just helping kids to see their potential. Spend time outdoors with them, watching shows and talking about them with them, dinner with them and putting all phones away, the list of TRUE HUMAN INTERACTION CAN GO ON AND ON.
I truly believe it comes down to added time together, learning emotions of others, how it could “make someone feel” and having empathy for others. understanding that someone else has a struggle you may not understand but being able to say it’s going to be ok cause we’re in this thing called life together can go a long way.