Psychology

Club Q Colorado shooting: Violence is taking its toll on the mental health of people near and far

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tragedies like the Colorado Springs shooting can take a toll on the mental health of people near and far.

From the added financial strain of the holiday season to being ostracized from family gatherings because of issues like gender identity or sexuality, mental health experts who work with the LGBTQ community say this time of year can be tough.

And Saturday’s mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub only adds to the grief people are already experiencing.

“Churches, movie theaters, bars, nightclubs, people need to be able to go to places where they can be themselves and be authentic, and those are slowly being taken away,” said Christine Bryan, director of communications and development at the Persad Center. .

Local organizations like Lawrenceville’s Persad Center, a mental health clinic serving the local LGBTQ community, are expanding their services to help anyone who may feel triggered by this latest act of hate.

But after speaking with Liz McBride, one of the center’s therapists, KDKA-TV learned mental health experts find that many clients are becoming desensitized to the violence we continue to see.

“I think because it keeps happening,” McBride said.

“A lot of things are more ambiguous and fall into the category of ambiguous grief,” McBride added. “People say all the time, especially about loss, that there’s no right or wrong way to feel it. I try to take that stance, especially with violence.”

Either way, the Persad Center wants people to know it’s here to help.

“We have a whole range of therapists with different interests and specialties, people who can meet our clients’ specific needs,” McBride said.

Central Outreach on the North Shore is also launching a support group for trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive people. This happens every Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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