The one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary is approaching. As we continue to remember those that lost their lives too soon, CCA is encouraging counselors to be mindful of how this anniversary will affect their clients, particularly those who have been involved in trauma in their own lives. Anniversaries can be difficult, particularly as we approach the holiday season, and can also be an unfortunate opportunity for re-traumatization of those we help, as well as ourselves as counselors.

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra has asked media and well-wishers to respect the town’s privacy during this difficult time. She is also encouraging those who want to remember and honor the victims of Sandy Hook to use this time to reflect on the importance of compassionate acts and to individually commit acts of service and kindness to others.

CCA has chosen this time to remind counselors of the pervasive and ongoing mental health needs of those directly affected by this horrific event. We are encouraging those who wish to commit an act of service and kindness to others in honor of those affected by the Sandy Hook shootings to consider making a donation to the Sandy Hook Elementary Fund. This fund is dedicated to covering counseling costs for the families, Sandy Hook staff, and first responders affected by December 14, 2012.

The Newtown Lions Foundation Sandy Hook Elementary Fund has paid out $195,000 so far this year to financially support counseling services. The Fund is presently serving 132 families and over 200 individuals.

“My husband was out of work for several months this year. If it was not for the Fund, we would not have been able to afford counseling. Thank you so very much.”

~ A Sandy Hook Mom

“We have been through such difficult times, but thanks to the Lions Club it is easy to get the counseling we need.”

~ A Sandy Hook Parent

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