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211 Big Bend offering support following yoga studio shooting

Posted at 4:48 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 16:48:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Grief, loss, and anger. Those are just some of the emotions people are dealing with in the wake of Friday's shooting and though it can feel overwhelming, there is help. 

Is anywhere safe? That's just one of the questions some people are asking after the tragedy at Hot Yoga Tallahassee.

They are questions with no easy answers and that can leave us dealing with difficult emotions as we try to process our grief.

But help is just a phone call away. 211 Big Bend is there 24/7 for anyone who needs support. 

"We provide short-term crisis counseling and information referral. That means that while we are talking to you on the phone we will talk about what you are going through, process your emotions with you, and if you need we can also do information and referral to agencies in the area that you are looking for," said Paulina Lewis, Outreach and Education Coordinator of 211 Big Bend. 

If you need longer term care, Lewis said they have a Mental Health Navigator, someone who they can refer you to within their agency. 

Calling 211 Big Bend for support is free. If you would like on-going counseling, a lot of their providers are specifically for people who are lower income, so there are plenty of sliding scale resources in the area that they can connect you with. 

Lewis said that since the shooting she has found that many people are more concerned now with their own personal safety and she's also seen an increased need for people to connect, feel supported, and be a part of the community.