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OPPA expresses condolences to all affected by the mass shooting in Dayton

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The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association expresses its condolences to those affected by the tragic mass shootings in downtown Dayton. As the potential mental health impact of this situation increases for our local communities, the OPPA offers tips and resources on how to minimize possible mental and emotional effects of trauma caused by the shootings.


At least nine people are dead and more than two dozen wounded after someone opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday. In addition, the suspected shooter was shot and killed by responding officers within one minute of opening fire.

General information:

Coping After Trauma:

Talking to Children about Traumatic Events:

Traumatic events such as this are not easy for anyone to comprehend or accept. Understandably, many young children feel frightened and confused. As parents, teachers and caring adults, we can best help by listening and responding in an honest, consistent and supportive manner. Fortunately, most children, even those exposed to trauma, are quite resilient. By creating an open environment where they feel free to ask questions, we can help them cope with stressful events and experiences, and reduce the risk of lasting emotional difficulties. Although these may be difficult conversations, they are important.

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to talk with children about such tragic events. However, here are some suggestions that you may find helpful:


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