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February 2021 Newsletter

On February 14, 2018, our lives were altered forever. Our loss was so profound, so monumental, we struggled to find the words to explain the impact. Three years later, we can see the effects on our children, teens and adults throughout our community. Some have found words to carry them into advocacy, promoting change and improvement. We see individuals and families who have struggled to make meaning of the events and how to grow through their grief. Others have shunted away those dark hours, burying the past while becoming hounded by the memories.

Professionals United for Parkland was founded to serve all of the survivors. We knew from the earliest hours that grief and trauma needed immediate support, while at the same time required long-term services to be readily available. Many were given aid from trauma-focused, best practice clinicians, psychologists, therapists and counselors in our community. Nation-wide practitioners who had violence tear their community asunder came to our aid with support, guidance and education. We were able to further care for our community and tend to our own emotional needs. For three years now, Professionals United for Parkland has been a source of support, education and information. We plan on being here for as long as we are needed.

Professionals United for Parkland knows that as time goes on, more individuals will seek services as they feel ready to confront a life altering event head-on. We hope to reassure you that working on difficult, traumatic experiences can be done in a safe, supported way, even in the midst of a pandemic. Healing can feel scary when we are at the base of the mountain. When we walk side-by-side with a therapist, we can experience the peaks of growth and renewal.

This year, as the ones before, Professionals United for Parkland wishes to honor and remember the 17 lives tragically lost. We hope that February becomes a time of reflection, service to others and sharing of memories.

Professionals United for Parkland was founded to help address the long-term effects of communal trauma. Help is available – please reach out today.


Honoring the 17


PU4P  Updates Interested in joining our trauma trained therapists (licensed only) - please take a few moments of your time and join the PU4P referral directory. The  MSD community will need services for the long run.  PU4P links those in need with a vetted list of trauma therapists. We ask for a commitment of 2 pro-bono clients a year. For more information or questions, please contact Please support PU4P by designating it as your charity with The AmazonSmile Foundation. They will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Don't forget to check our Facebook page for the most current events, updates, and information about PU4P!  Thank you for your support of PU4P and your dedication to the Parkland community.

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