The nation has seen many school shootings over the past few years, and the trauma that ensues after each event is often hard to fully grasp. Mental Health professionals have been working hard to develop appropriate and useful responses and are getting better at mobilizing effective and coordinated crisis responses. One significant area of response that has been missing in the national quest for healing responses to these tragedies are efforts to provide healing for the school building where shootings have taken place. How do we rekindle feelings of safety and joy at school after a horrific tragedy has left its mark on the students who must spend the majority of their day there?
Martin Rafferty, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (and CMHNetwork Advisory Council member) has and idea and is making it work. Two months ago there was a shooting at Reynolds High School, in Multnomah County, Oregon. Since that time, Rafferty has been meeting with officials from the Reynolds School District, Multnomah County and the Oregon Health Authority to explore healing strategies for students at the school. Out of those meetings have come one of the most innovative approaches to trauma reduction we have seen in a long time. This past week, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon hosted a community response at Reynolds High School. The event was designed to help students reestablish positive feelings about the school building with a fun event, providing comfortable access to peer support specialists to help young people reestablish positive feelings about the school building.
Leave it to Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon to figure out how to combine Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift to design a Virtual Reality Ropes Course that offered students the healing opportunity to engage with their school in a positive and fun way.
Network faithful are encouraged contact Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon to learn more about what they do. Way to be innovative and a leader Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon!