What has happened is awful mindless cruelty. What do you do in the aftermath of such a crime?
One of the most important things is to remember to look after yourself. It may sound selfish but you can’t pour from an empty cup. You can’t help anyone if you’re not taking care of your own mental health. If you try all you’ll succeed in is burning yourself out.
Remember it’s okay to switch off from social media and the news for a while. Relax. Recharge. Spend some time enjoying the important things in your life. It’s not selfish, it’s self care. And that’s immeasurably important.
There are however, things you can do to help.
Don’t spread hate. We need to stand together. Show the people who do want to hurt us that they can’t affect our solidarity. By trying to tear us apart they only make us stand closer together. Hate multiples hate. Love multiplies love. I know where I stand.
Donate blood. Blood banks are always lower after these kind of events. We have been told that enough blood is available at the moment so don’t just rock up at the donor station. Register online and donate regularly. Make sure if anything like this happens again we have the supplies we need.
Be mindful of what you share on social media. Not just the stuff posted by the inevitabile trolls. But don’t share graphic images / videos or anything that might affect the dignity of the people involved. Think about the victims and the families and friends of these people before you go sharing things. And try to fact check before you share. Articles spreading fear for no reason aren’t helpful to anyone. Instead share the articles that spread hope or that help people.
So many amazing people have come together to help those affected. Temples opening their doors to those in need of somewhere to stay. Taxi drivers offering free rides to those stranded. People opening their homes so people have somewhere to wait, somewhere to have a cup of tea or charge their phone. (Be mindful of strangers offering lifts or places to stay, always inform the police first.)
If you know if any other small ways to help, please share them.
Be mindful, take care of yourself and look for small ways to help.
Stay safe xx