In the wake of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, IU Health officials wanted to make sure Hoosiers are getting the help they need. On Wednesday evening, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., counselors are inviting anyone affected by the tragedy to the Embracing Hope Bereavement and Counseling Center for a community healing gathering.
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"People can experience as what we refer to as secondary trauma we see those images on TV or the internet, and our mind directly goes to that situation we inevitably imagine what it must have been for those individuals to be there,” said Dr. Novak. “It is not uncommon for people who witness tragedies like that to feel hurt, vulnerable, to be scared, or to be afraid of going to other social settings.”
Dr. Novak also said one of the most important parts of the healing process is talking about it with family, friends or coworkers.
He said if feelings of sadness, anxiety or fear start to interfere with your daily life, your job or your relationships, it is a good idea to seek professional help.
Click here for information about the program.