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Remembering and honoring Sept. 11, 2001

By Burrell Behavioral Health

Today our nation marks the 20th anniversary of the deadly attacks of September 11, 2001. That date is now observed as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Every year, Americans are encouraged to honor those who lost their lives in New York City, in Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania. We are called to help others as a tribute to those killed and injured in the attacks, including first responders, and the countless others who have served to defend our freedom.

The 9/11 anniversary also symbolizes nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan, where thousands of U.S. troops lost their lives – some as recently as a just a few weeks ago.

To put it quite simply, we may all be experiencing a range of emotions right now. As you head into the weekend, if you are hurting, please know that we are always here. We want to extend our support to those on our team who may have been injured or lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, are U.S. veterans who have served and sacrificed in Afghanistan or elsewhere, those with PTSD who may be triggered by this anniversary, as well as our Afghan friends, neighbors or colleagues and those of Muslim faith

The American Psychological Association recently held a discussion on how significant disasters like 9/11 can contribute to collective trauma, even decades later. The Pew Research Center released information describing the emotional toll the events of that day had on all age groups. The bottom line – 9/11 made a lasting impact on all people.

The Be Well Community wants to remind our fellow Burrell team members to use the LAUGH acronym to ground ourselves when the world feels a little too heavy:
· Limit exposure to negativity.
· Anchor by developing rituals and routines for structure.
· Unite by not letting physical distance lead to social and emotional isolation.
· Gentle with yourself and others. We’re all doing the best we can.
· Health, including physical, emotional, social and family.

Below are links for information on how you can connect to Burrell services (including our Crisis Help Lines), as well as a link to the Veterans Crisis Line operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Remember: Our crisis services aren’t only for the community or our clients, but for you or your families as well.
· Get Help | Burrell (burrellcenter.com)
· Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat

We understand there will be some who want to jump into action and find ways to express emotion through service. Here are ways to find volunteer opportunities and remember the lives lost:
· A Guide to Honoring 9/11 in Your Community | National September 11 Memorial & Museum (911memorial.org)
· 9/11 Day | AmeriCorps

The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 likely means something significant to most of us. You are not alone. We will never forget. Please reach out if you need someone to talk to.

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