RVMC sponsors talk on coping with tragedy

As the deaths of a 30-year-old mother and her four children reverberate throughout Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley Medical Center is offering a talk addressing such questions as, "How do I respond?" and "What do I tell my children?"

The free talk, "How to Support Yourself After a Community Tragedy," will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Smullin Center Auditorium on the RVMC campus.

There'll be a question-and-answer session afterward.

Dr. James F. Hammel, a psychiatrist and consultation-liaison for psychiatry services at RVMC, will lead the discussion.

Local agencies such as Jackson County Mental Health and organizations such as Community Works, Victim Services, United Way, Asante Hospice and the Children's Advocacy Center will be there to share information about where and how to get help and resources to cope with tragedy, both personal and communitywide.

Hammel will discuss how to identify emotions after a tragic event; signs and symptoms that are concerning; and how to identify someone else who is not coping well. He also will share healthy ways to cope with personal stress and community tragedies and how to help children.

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