FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Suffering the loss of family or friends can be hard, especially when taken suddenly.
“Healing from any kind of trauma — everyone heals in their own way and in their own time. It’s important that people recognize where they’re at in that process and make sure that they’re getting what they need,” YWCA Northeast Indiana Director of Empowerment Jennifer Rohlf said.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office says 20-year-old Samuel Mason Long shot and killed his parents, Mark and Lisa, sister Mahala, and eventually himself Monday night at the family's home on 7118 W. Cook Rd.
In the wake of their deaths — Rohlf says talking to a counselor or confiding in a loved one can help.
“I think people assume healing has to happen quickly and on a certain time line but that’s not the way that people work, we all are different in how we are going to handle situations,” she said.
Checking in with your mental health is not only important to family and friends, but also the first responders who show up at crime scenes.
“It’s important to recognize the trauma of what they’ve been through. To grieve it. To allow yourself some time to feel the difficult, uncomfortable feelings, to process through those in a healthy manner,” Allen County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Ingrid Herriot said.
Herriot says law enforcement officers can do that by being there for one another.
“Now I’m not so angry. Now I’m not gonna sit here and dwell on it. Now I can move on to the next call because that next call is not going to wait for us to feel better it’s gonna come in no matter what,” Herriot added.
Rohlf says you should never feel like you have nowhere to turn.
“We do have a walk-in clinic through Parkview and Park Center that people can access if they are in crisis and need immediate support. Others are a variety of hotlines people can talk to and lots of counseling agencies around the community too," Rohlf explained.
You can contact YWCA at 260-424-4908 or their Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 800-441-4073.
YWCA Northeast Indiana is located at 5920 Decatur Rd. in Fort Wayne.
Visit their website here.