Need to talk?

October 6, 2015: In response to the tragedy at Umpqua Community College, community partners have come together to provide support and sharing. Mental health professionals are offering no-cost grief sharing. This service is available to anyone who needs support.

9 am - 8 pm through Thursday, October 8, at The Ford Family Foundation, 1600 NW Stewart Pkwy and the Community Health Alliance, 201 Medical Loop.

Beginning Monday, Oct 5, grief sharing will be available on campus, 7:30 am - 5 pm in the UCC cafeteria.

The Community Health Alliance is staffing a 24-hour hotline at 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780.

Here is an excerpt from a message received from the Sandy Hook community, a community that has traveled this journey before us.

Please be there for one another. Please be open to seeking help and comfort from sources you trust. You do need it and you will be better for it. You can and will emerge stronger – scarred, changed, but stronger.

Acknowledge your grief. Whether you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, a friend, a neighbor or just your own sense of security. It’s your loss and you’re entitled to feel it. You cannot control what happened, but please embrace this opportunity to control what happens – next. Find productive outlets for your grief – volunteer, giveback, do random acts of kindness. Listen to your heart and answer with your conscience. Choose love.


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