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One year since Uvalde school shooting: Does a memorial help with mental health and healing?

May 24, 2023, 8:00 PM

It's been one year since the devastating school shooting that happened in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19...

FILE - Flowers are piled around crosses with the names of the victims killed in a school shooting as people visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects May 31, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. For the first time since the Uvalde school massacre, Texas Republican lawmakers on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, allowed proposals for stricter gun laws to get a hearing in the state Capitol — even though new restrictions have almost no chance of passing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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UVALDE, Texas — Wednesday marks one year since the devastating school shooting that happened in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers.

Dr. Hans Watson, psychiatrist and president of Dynamic Psychiatry joined Dave Noriega and Debbie Dujanovic on a recent episode to discuss if a memorial helps heal or makes it difficult to move on but not forget. 

Watson told Dave and Debbie that there is no easy answer to such a question. 

However, in his opinion, long term, a memorial will be meaningful, but in the short term it may make the healing process more difficult. 

“That doesn’t always mean it’s negative,” he said when discussing the short term effects. 

He compares it to surgery in the sense that short term you may have to endure some pain, but long term you won’t have to worry about the issue surgery has corrected. In other words, it may be hard to revisit such a terrible and emotional incident, but in the long run, there could be some benefit. 

He also said it could be beneficial to look at the location of the memorial and make that location known. 

“It can be helpful but also keep it in one place, so if someone isn’t healed they can avoid it,” Watson said. 

He said it’s important to be mindful of what community members need in order to feel safe and supported in the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting. 

Listen to the entire segment.

 

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One year since Uvalde school shooting: Does a memorial help with mental health and healing?