An Important Message from the WestCare Foundation
WestCare is saddened by the tragic act of violence that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This horrific tragedy has taken the lives of 49 individuals, left more than 50 individuals wounded, and touched the hearts and minds of millions of people in our country and around the world. Our hearts are broken for the victims, their friends, families, and for our entire country.
This act of terror and hate occurred while millions of LGBT Americans and their supporters celebrate National Pride Month. It has robbed many Americans, especially LGBT Americans, of feelings of safety and security within their own communities. WestCare stands in solidarity with the LGBT community and its supporters against all forms of hate and violence.
For more than four decades, WestCare has stood as a national beacon of hope, healing and change. In the coming days and weeks, our organization will be called upon to help heal the clients and communities we serve. Our workforce will be challenged to deepen its understanding of the experiences of victims of crime, the LGBTQ community, and their loved ones.
The principles of Trauma Informed Care will help us to emphasize the physical, psychological and emotional safety of our clients, their families, communities, and our own workforce.
WestCare is organizing an internal clinical care team that will be available to respond to the needs of WestCare employees who may need clinical support, coaching or guidance in practicing self-care during this stressful time. WestCare's Spiritual Director Chaplain Ryan Creelman also is available to clients and staff as needed. In addition, WestCare's Professional Services and Human Resources Departments are working together to ensure staff and clients have access to vital resources. As always, confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are available to all staff members.
As more information is shared in the coming days, let's continue to be there for each other and continue to uplift the human spirit.
Toll-Free Counseling Hotline for Grief and Trauma Issue Associated with Orlando incident: (800) 327-7451
Training Resources and Quick Facts
Crisis Text Line
: Text START to 741-741
Disaster Distress Helpline
: (800) 985-5990
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
: (800) 273-8255
The Trevor Lifeline
: (866) 488-4386 (Note: Crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth up to 24
LGBT Information and Advocacy
Information and Support on Stress, Grief and Trauma after a Disaster
Information and Support on Substance Abuse and Disasters