When someone becomes a victim of gun violence, there are physical aspects like injuries. But Urban Grief founder and director Lisa Good says what’s rarely discussed is the emotional trauma that comes with it.
“The hypervigilance, the hyperarousal, being consistently on high alert,” Good said.
But she’s trying to change that by raising awareness on the trauma and healing of gun violence. Good brought that message to the corner of Jennings Drive and Lawn Avenue in Albany on Tuesday evening. It’s near where a 10-year-old boy was hit with a stray bullet last week.
“Every child, especially in the sanctuary of their home, they have the right to be in their room, playing video games without worrying about a stray bullet coming through,” Good said.
It’s the second time in less than a year a child has been struck by a stray bullet. Groups like SNUG and Urban Grief call it unacceptable, and continue to urge people not to solve disputes with guns.
“We got to listen. We got to listen, and then what we got to do is pan and use our available resources to provide without the red tape,” said Cedric Fulton, Urban Grief's peer outreach coordinator.
Moving forward, Good says they’re focused on tackling gun violence from not only the preventative and intervention perspective, but also strategically to address the needs of underserved victims.
“[We're] making sure that sure that they’re getting access to the therapeutic services, the medical services, and the mental health services that they need,” Good said.