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Dawson Springs hosts mental health event for tornado survivors

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Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 5:49 PM CST
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DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) - In Dawson Springs, an event focused on supporting the mental and emotional health of survivors of last month’s tornado was held on Monday at the West Kentucky 4-H center.

The event was led by Warrior Families Ministries, a non-profit based out of North Carolina that focuses on crises and trauma.

Their team was in Kentucky before Christmas, and co-founder Brenda Swartz said they’re back now because this is an important time for people dealing with the storms.

“The next phase is where the reality sets in,” she explained.

Now that the shock has worn off for many, Swartz said Monday night’s talk will focus on moving forward.

“How they start going forward from here will determine whether they’re going to be stuck in December of 2021 and always be the victim or if they’re going to start healing and moving forward,” she said.

Their volunteers, Swartz says, have training in crisis management and certification to be mental health coaches.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, they’ll be available for one-on-one counseling.

Swartz said their main goal is to get people used to talking about what they’ve been through.

On Wednesday, they’ll also host another meeting, but that one will focus on a religious approach to healing.

Swartz said evangelizing isn’t their goal. They work with all folks to cope with their trauma, and the religious side of things is another aspect of the work they do.

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