In The News: Department of Psychology
A chain of solidarity was formed to help people affected by the massacre.
A small healing park was opened in northern Las Vegas, as part of citizen efforts to heal the wounds left in the city by the fatal shooting last Sunday.
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock killed Sunday 58 people and injured nearly 500 others. But he has also traumatized a whole city, which now seeks to relieve his anguish.
The creators of a remembrance garden in north Las Vegas have invited people to leave messages and reflect as the city tries to process its grief.
One of its creators, landscape architect Mark Hamalmann, said it is a "remembrance garden," featuring 58 trees planted along a small paved walkway. In the middle, there is a large oak tree representing the "tree of life," while American flags adorn a wooden fence.
Apart from the twinkling lights of hotels and casinos , a small healing park was opened in the north of Las Vegas , as part of citizen efforts to heal the wounds left in the city by the fatal shooting last Sunday.
After escaping Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Royce Christensen worked at the Las Vegas music festival.
When she was under fire, dodging bullets at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Sunday, Megan Greene felt an odd sense of purpose. "If you're still breathing, you're fine," she told a panicky woman trying to escape with her mother, who uses a wheelchair.
Jill Roberts heard the screaming and crying in the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center emergency room Sunday night as the families and friends of those killed in the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting found out their loved ones didn’t survive the attack.
Christie White, 46, smiles thinking of her last peaceful memory. It was a girls’ weekend. It was Sunday night. Christie and Dani and Beth were hanging out in the perfect late-summer weather under glimmering Las Vegas lights with some cocktails, and their favorite country bands.
The volunteer psychologists and counselors have been pouring into this grieving city, so fast that a state official says the supply far exceeds the demand for crisis counseling.
We often think of first responders mainly as police, fire and emergency-medical professionals. In Las Vegas on Monday, NPR's Eric Westervelt found a small volunteer army of mental-health professionals, trauma counselors, psychiatrists and social workers who quickly fanned out to help some of the thousands who had witnessed the massacre up close.