How Businesses Can Support Las Vegas

October 5, 2017

Again the headline reads, “Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History.” These pointless acts continue to uproot our sense of security and cause collective traumatic stress within communities. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with the victims, their families, and the people of Las Vegas.

As the entire country continues to mourn, we are inspired by the heroes who emerged from the crowd and first responders who acted quickly and courageously. During these times we want to immediately act and provide support—to the victims, their families, and communities impacted. Many individuals and companies are supporting specific funds for victims, but it’s important to also recognize and support the long-term, ongoing recovery to help Las Vegas and those affected heal—both physically and mentally.  

Businesses, associations, and chambers can help support these efforts. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect 10-15% of a community following this type of tragedy. Leadership at organizations should familiarize themselves with the following resources to better understand their role—both to support the local community and their employees. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Incidents of Mass Violence Support has resources and guides for how to support different communities in the aftermath of a tragic event. Organizations like the American Physiological Association and Mental Health America also have resources for how to manage distress during these unfortunate times.

In addition to supporting employees and families impacted, chambers and associations can share these resources with their membership to ensure broader support. Addressing immediate and long-term mental health needs will continue to be an ongoing priority. Though these events shatter our communities, we embrace one another and heal together. Chamber and business leaders in Las Vegas and around the country can serve as the voice of business during this time, and be a conduit for driving community healing and progress.