Coping with the tragedy at Molson Coors

Coping with the tragedy at Molson Coors

People in the Milwaukee community and beyond are still learning more about the tragedy and trying to cope with the news of the mass shooting at Molson Coors this week.

Tragic news always can be hard to process, and doing so can be more difficult when it happens close to home.

“When tragedies like this happen, it often negatively impacts our sense of safety. Happening closer to home makes it a little more difficult for us to rationalize it away as something that doesn’t happen close to us,” says Dr. Munther Barakat, Director of Behavioral Therapy at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Dr. Barakat says keeping to your routine can help you cope.

“We still have to maintain our sense of safety by not alternating our plans or schedules. Trying to maintain our schedule and engaging in self-care in the best thing we can do for ourselves,” he advises.

Potentially making this even more difficult for the Wisconsin community is the fact that the shooting at Molson Coors is considered one of the worst in the state’s history. And since 2004, this is the 11th mass shooting in the state. Dr. Barakat says the frequency could play a role in people’s reactions.

“People are affected in different ways. The biggest concern people will express is having a sense they have no control over their safety,” he says.

In turn, it’s possible people in the community can start to have emotional, physical and behavioral reactions to these tragic events. He warns there are specific signs that you or someone you love may be deeply affected by the tragedy.

“Oftentimes, we start to neglect our basic needs such as sleeping and eating. Our overall functioning will also deteriorate in the sense that our quality of work at our jobs will suffer,” he says.

He reiterates the importance of sharing your feelings with those around you and making sure self-care is a priority.

“Self-care is crucial. Make sure you are tuned into your needs,” he recommends. “Process your concerns with others and get help if you feel like it’s not getting any better.”

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LeeAnn Betz, health enews contributor, is a media relations manager for Advocate Aurora Health. She is a former TV news executive producer with a background in investigations, consumer news and in-depth storytelling. Outside of work, she enjoys CrossFit, baking, finding a good cup of coffee and being a mom.