Gun violence partnerships

Dr. Barry Hong, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine (WUMS) and Chief Psychologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, discussing psychological first aid for victims of gun violence with family and student mentors at Grace Hill Settlement House in North St. Louis City on July 25, 2017.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and widespread anticipatory mourning in communities experiencing high rates of violent crime also were reviewed.  With the support of a grant from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust, the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and WUMS initiated a partnership in 2016 to provide professional education and consultation to individuals, organizations and faith communities engaged in gun violence prevention, as well as conduct empirical research.   


Lise Bernstein, president of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, presented "Saving Our Kids:  The Lock It for Love Initiative" at the September 22, 2017 seminar for parish nurses, "Gun Violence:  Caring for Children, Victims and Ourselves."  The program, a collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, was held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri.