Coping in A Complex World

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The EKU Counseling Center joins with the community of college and university counseling centers worldwide to express our deepest sympathies to all who have experienced loss in the midst of the tragedies in Istanbul and in Bangladesh. We extend heartfelt invocations for peace and healing to all the communities impacted as well as to the loved ones of those lost. 

Current events nationally and abroad can impact each of us in many ways- sometimes immediately and sometimes in the weeks, months, or years down the road. Violence in places where we have often felt the safest to connect with one another and to be ourselves fully, like faith communities, campuses, and more recently, a nightclub can evoke a range of reactions that include fear, anger, confusion, and sadness. While the recent attacks took place abroad, many within our own local community are seeing friends, family members, loved ones, and even ourselves reflected in this incident. Please know that you are not alone.

The staff at the EKU Counseling Center is committed to diversity and inclusion and is here to provide support to all EKU students. If you are struggling with the personal impacts of recent events (national or abroad), the tone of national discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats, or other more subtle forms of oppression based on any aspect of your identity, please utilize walk-in services at the EKU Counseling Center. The EKU Counseling Center will remain a safe space for discussions of the impact of these tragedies. We are on the 5th floor of the Whitlock Student Services Building (room #571) and are open during the summer from 8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. You may also reach us by phone at: (859)622-1303. 

Online resources regarding the impact of mass violence are available from:

Coping With a Traumatic Event-Centers for Disease Control

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting-American Psychological Association


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Published on July 05, 2016