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“We Are Not Okay”

I felt compelled to share this LinkedIn put up in regards to the current mass homicide in Illinois. It was written by Erin Gallagher, whose data is beneath, about Aiden McCarthy, the toddler whose dad and mom, Irina and Kevin McCarthy, had been killed in an act of home terrorism on July 4th in Highland Park.

Erin Gallagher

Erin Gallagher• 2ndFast Firm’s World’s Most Revolutionary Recipient 2022 | Founder | Entrepreneur | JEDI Change Agent | Speaker | Profession Innovator | Revealed Author | Mom | Disrupter | “High Lady in PR”13h • Edited • 13 hours in the past

We’re not okay.

Anybody making an attempt to work in our present trauma-filled day-to-day will not be okay.

At “work.” At house. And all over the place in between.

With the ability to perform correctly, contribute and produce good work requires three primary wants:


I do know I’ve been with out a regular provide of those three because the starting of the pandemic. And I’ve it higher than most. A lot better.

We should acknowledge this actuality for the individuals who make up our corporations, communities and each different cohort to which we belong.


I couldn’t cease occupied with two yr previous Aiden McCarthy (pictured above) discovered alone lined in blood within the midst of the Highland Park mass taking pictures on Monday. It was later confirmed that his dad and mom, Irina (35) and Kevin (37) had been murdered whereas sitting with their toddler, waving mini American flags at their city’s Fourth of July parade. A home terrorist murdered 7 individuals and injured 40.

I sobbed right into a towel in our rest room at 3 this morning. I didn’t need our 6 and three yr olds to listen to me. They’ve requested to sleep with us the previous few nights and I’ve squeezed them tightly as I lay awake staring into the darkness.


There have been extra mass shootings up to now 5 years than in every other half-decade going again to 1966. In 2022, we’ve had 315 mass shootings (injuring or killing 4 or extra individuals) — greater than 11 per week — killing 280 and injuring greater than 1,300. The U.S. now accounts for 46% of all non-public gun possession worldwide — greater than ten instances its share of the worldwide inhabitants.

Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man was killed final week by cops in Akron, Ohio. He suffered greater than 60 gunshot wounds after fleeing the police throughout what was purported to be a routine site visitors cease. Jayland had one site visitors ticket and no felony file. Eight officers had been instantly concerned within the taking pictures.

A majority radical Supreme Court docket is stripping rights away from anybody who doesn’t establish as a straight, white cis-gendered Christian male. Girls do not need management over our personal our bodies. They’re coming for LGBTQ+ rights, interracial marriage and voting rights subsequent.


We’ve got no common childcare, parental depart or healthcare.

And our our bodies’ methods weren’t constructed to deal with this degree of fixed trauma, all towards the backdrop of a continued international pandemic, no much less.

Our nervous methods are caught in survival mode. This will appear like: nervousness and hypervigilance, melancholy and shutdown, dependancy, perfectionism, numbing / disassociating, emotional repression / avoidance. Over time, these patterns have an effect on our inside mechanisms to self soothe in moments of stress. This will trigger us to turn into caught in a state of nervous system dysregulation indefinitely.

We deserve higher. And we should demand it.

Ban assault rifles.
Assist psychological well being.
Save our democracy.

#mentalhealth #work #linkedin #prochoice #blacklivesmatter #fairness #guncontrolnow



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