Thursday, December 2, 2021

Trauma Helplines Expand after Waukesh Parade Crash | AP News

MILWAWKI (AP) – As people in Waukesh and elsewhere continue to cope with injuries after six deaths and over 60 injuries after a man rode an SUV during a holiday parade. Mental health experts are proposing new ways to get help.

The Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee opened a new line of mental and behavioral health care for people and families in need of support on Monday. The hospital said the hotline had received dozens of calls as of Tuesday afternoon.

Local organizations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims, and mental health professionals are sharing new and existing resources to help people cope with grief, Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

Hayley Miller is a licensed social worker and behavioral health counselor in Children’s Wisconsin working in a crisis situation. She said they received calls to talk to the children about what had happened. Adults wonder about their feelings, she said.

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“We’ve had a lot of people ask if their emotions they feel are normal, whether it’s a complete blackout and unwillingness to get out of bed, or feeling numb about it,” Miller said. “And we’re also working to help people get the resources they need.”

The murder suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr., is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and is expected to face a sixth count after the 8-year-old boy died on Tuesday. On Wednesday, representatives from district hospitals confirmed that at least 16 people are still receiving treatment for their injuries.

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