Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CPSA Sets Up Support Line In Response to Saturday's Tragedy

Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), which oversees publicly funded mental health and substance use treatment services in Pima County, is organizing a community-wide response related to mental health and trauma issues resulting from Saturday's mass shooting.

CPSA has set up the Tucson Tragedy Support Line, a no-cost resource for people struggling with their own reaction to the shootings, those concerned about a friend or family member, or those who would like information on typical reactions to such an event. Callers do not need to give their names or any identifying information to use this service.

Calls will be answered by professional staff who are experienced with providing support in the wake of a crisis and knowledgeable about other community resources.

The new Tucson Tragedy Support Line number is (520) 284-3517, available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. The number will remain operational until further notice.

In addition, CPSA's Web site, www.cpsa-rbha.org, contains links to local mental health providers and many other resources that may be of help in a time of grief and stress.

Reactions to such an event may linger for days or weeks afterward, or only become a problem when life has gone back to "normal." Because of this, CPSA is working with its system of treatment providers and other resources to build upon, supplement and extend the work of other community entities in helping our community deal