Community Events Can Help Those Affected By Recent Tragedies Heal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Since March, Middle Tennesseans and folks from around the world have been watching, reading and reacting to several tragic stories. 

Letitia Lane's abduction and murder in March left communities in Nashville and Gallatin stunned. Just a few weeks later, folks reacted as two parents in Dickson County were arrested and charged in their 5-year-old's death. Joe Clyde Daniels body has yet to be found.

Then on Sunday morning at a Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike a gunman armed with an AR-15 opened fire and killed four young members of this community. 

“We live in a lot of the stories we tell ourselves and so when we have these stories of tragedy our hearts naturally, automatically go out to these people and it raises these questions of why did it happen, what do we do about this, what does this mean about who we are as a community," said Adam Graham.   

Graham is the program manager of Emergency Psychiatric Services at the Mental Health Cooperative.

“Just as important as finding this question of what’s wrong and how can we help is this question of what’s right and how do we grow that,” he explained. 

Graham believes this weekend may be the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy a bit of sun and connect with folks in your community.

“As a community, to gather together, to celebrate and to lean into the good parts of life can be a really helpful reminder of this is why we keep going,” he said. “We know this heals us, we are wired up to be in community and to have those chances to be together, to celebrate…man, all sorts of good things about that.”

Nashville and middle Tennessee will keep going, one day at a time but if you feel the need to reach out for help, the mobile crisis team is ready to assist. You can reach their office at 615-726-0125.

If you are looking for someone to talk to the Crisis Talk Line can be reached at 615-244-7444 or you can text at 741-741. 

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