- Hatred, prejudices, animosity and distrust may increase due to person-blame behaviors.
- Some will unable to yet comprehend the tragedy that had struck them and will be numb and silent. Certain incidents might trigger off hidden fears and expressions of violent behavior.
- As the survivors return to their places many will feel psychological safety. A small group will feel uncertain and hopeless about their future. They will begin looking for a new place that they perceive as ‘safe".
As the first responders and mental health professionals approach the event-affected people. There are three needs that they may have. (1) Develop faith and trust. (2) An understanding that while most of the youth may recover, in the next few days, much stronger and more resilient. Others may not recover as quickly and will need grief counseling, and/or consultation with mental health professionals. (3) Potential short term response may include psycho-education, adequate and timely information, active participation in grieving rites, and an opportunity to share their feelings will lead to a feeling of comfort, well being, and an emerged hope for a safer future.