As many of you already know, there was a shelter-in-place order on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday, August 28, due to the presence of an armed and dangerous person on or near campus. The assailant shot and killed a UNC faculty member before being taken into custody by UNC Police about an hour and a half after shots were first reported.
The disruption has affected the entire campus as well as the town of Chapel Hill.
On the first day of classes, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro School System implemented a shelter-in-place.
PCC members and other mental health practitioners across the Carolinas will be hearing about this event from children, adolescents, college students, parents, and others in your offices very soon. For that reason, I wanted to share this response to the UNC-Chapel Hill shooting from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
NCTSN is part of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and these excellent materials are in the public domain so you can share them with your team and, when appropriate, with your patients and their families.
As we stand by to get a clearer sense of what has happened today, I hope it will be helpful to have these materials in hand and ready for use.
Harold Kudler, MD
Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas