Parkland, Newtown apparent suicides put spotlight on survivor’s guilt

Parkland, Newtown apparent suicides put spotlight on survivor’s guilt

With three apparent suicides of people linked to the Parkland and Newtown school shootings in recent days, mental health experts have an urgent message to massacre survivors: Their lives, while forever altered, are still worth living.

Experts say survivor’s guilt is common, complex and often misunderstood. Well-intentioned friends and family who did not go through the traumatic event themselves may expect the survivor to feel grateful to be alive, while in reality, the individual is likely experiencing many other emotions, said licensed professional counselor Phyllis Alongi, former clinical director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.

via NBC Parkland, Newtown apparent suicides put spotlight on survivor’s guilt