On average, Kenneth Dupree of Dupree Funeral Home at 28th and Diamond streets sees one to two victims of gun violence a year. Bruce Talbert says Talbert Funeral Parlor at 22nd near Lehigh has received 10 so far. The services for the victims that both men preside over have all been young people, usually in their early 20s.
The #Solutionoftheweek is a recent article from the Columbia Chronicle that highlights how school services in Chicago are ameliorating the impact of gun violence by treating childhood trauma.
Bullets don’t only hurt those who are hit by them. Children who witness gun violence usually suffer from a number of mental after-effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. These symptoms often result in impediments that promote a cycle of more violence for the child.
Find out how counselors, mentors, and other caseworkers are helping in Chicago: http://www.columbiachronicle.com/metro/article_567e9a82-faee-11e6-8f43-6b1b760f1e81.html
Philadelphia has its own notable trauma intervention program. Healing Hurt People program at Drexel University also attempts to heal the emotional trauma that result from gun violence. Read more about it here: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/06/philadelphias_healing_hurt_peo.html