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Red Cross Offering Mental Health Support To Witnesses Of Midtown Shooting

Shooting Near The Empire State Building (credit: Twitter.com/azipaybarah)

Shooting Near The Empire State Building (credit: Twitter.com/azipaybarah)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Red Cross has offered support to those who witnessed Friday’s Midtown shooting near the Empire State Building.

The organization is typically known for offering shelter, food and clothing during disasters.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

But the non-profit also said they help out with cold drinks and snacks for first responders, and mental health services for bystanders who witness traumatic events.

“Typically in these situations, there’s some confusion, fear and anxiety and there may be some hypervigilance and difficulty sleeping in the days to come,” said Diane Ryan, the Regional Director of Mental Health of the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

Mental health officials recommend coping techniques such as eating well and exercising.

“Stay connected to your support system, reach out, tell your story if that’s helpful to people who are able to listen and support that,” Ryan told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.

The local chapter of the Red Cross can be reached at nyredcross.org. The city’s disaster distress hotline for referrals is 1-800-985-5990.

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