Police chaplains offer help coping with crime and grief
Crime can be overwhelming for many people, not just as victims, but others who only hear about crimes happening around them.
Two Anchorage Police Department chaplains are offering some suggestions about coping with crime.
Chaplain Mary Bolin says it's important for people who are struggling to talk with someone.
"Whether it would be with some community group or maybe with just a few people getting together to kind of keep the conversation more productive and not such a spiral down where everybody becomes paralyzed, essentially, because it seems to overwhelming," Bolin said.
The chaplain also suggests parents encourage an open dialogue with their children.
"Probably the best way is to ask the kids what they are thinking about it. If the children are listening to the news or watching television or on social media, they are going to see a lot of it. For the parent to approach it directly and see where the kid is coming from in light of it," Bolin said.
APD Chaplain Diane Peterson says people can also pick up the phone and call an APD chaplain to talk.
"Many times [they'll] make a phone call to the chaplains and we'll just talk to somebody over the phone," Peterson said.
Another resource for grief support is Careline Alaska, at 1-877-266-HELP (4357). It's the Alaska partner of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network (1-800-273-8255), but you can talk to them about anything. It's free, confidential and open 24/7.
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