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Monday, October 2, 2017

Here's where to get help in Orlando for anxiety over Las Vegas shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 4:44 PM

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The mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music concert that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured has left many Pulse survivors and residents in Orlando feeling anxious or depressed.

And it's completely normal to feel that. After all, it was only 16 months ago that 49 people died in a mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse. If you need to talk to someone, there are several options:

Orlando United Assistance Center: Pulse survivors, victims' family members and others affected by the tragedy can speak with someone by calling OUAC at 407-500-HOPE (4673).

Orlando United Counseling: The Mental Health Association of Central Florida provides confidential counseling to anyone impacted for free. Services are available in English and Spanish. Call 407-898-0110.

The Center: The organization for the LGBTQ community is offering counselors to speak with anyone affected by Las Vegas. Call 888-773-1665. You can also stop by the location at 946 N. Mills Ave., Orlando.

Two Spirit Health Services: Two Spirit is opening their doors to those who need it after the Las Vegas shooting. Mental health professionals are on standby. Call 407-487-9868 to make an appointment or feel free to walk in to the Two Spirit center located at 801 N. Magnolia Ave., Orlando.

Zebra Coalition: You can drop by the Zebra Coalition at 911 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, to talk to someone or call 407-228-1446.

Proyecto Somos Orlando: If you need help during a crisis or a safe space to be, you can visit a counselor at Proyecto Somos Orlando from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week. Call 407-270-0597 or visit the organization at 6900 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando.

If you feel the need to be in community, the One Orlando Alliance is hosting a vigil for Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center’s Seneff Arts Plaza to "show our solidarity with all those affected by this senseless tragedy." Find more information about the event here.

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