What we do at United in Love.
United in Love aims to protect the survivors of gun violence who suffer every day after a life changing incident disrupts their life forever. They live in constant fear and trauma and find it difficult to return to normal life. Our strife is to facilitate healing for them and those struggling with mental health in general. Gun violence and mass shootings is the leading cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD in its survivors. Gun violence violates the right to life – the most fundamental human right.
What Connects Us
with Your Trauma
United In Love is in the business of changing and shaping lives to become better. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities. Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. United In Love emerged from a incident from my life where in 2017 I was gunned down in the streets of Oakland CA. Where my life changed dramatically all in a blink of an eye.
Our main focus
We aim to create awareness about this disorder and support patients recovering from gun injuries. United in Love is passionate about mental health services for the affected youth and family members. Here is a list of our programs and services.
POST TRAUMATIC DISORDER
PTSD – a silent killer
Post traumatic stress disorder does not appear in survivors but people who have faced traumas of different sorts. A threat can cause PTSD and the most vulnerable to this disorder are the youth. Adults can often feel uncomfortable discussing sensitive issues like gangs and violence with young people. However, if young people are dealing with gangs in their school or community, they need opportunities to talk candidly about these issues with trusted adults. This is where we take a preventive approach and create awareness for youth.
Harassment and constant bullying also lead to PTSD in young adults. Often, this silent killer manifest itself with noticeable signs. However, most teens and youngsters are not able to cope with the pressure. To them, we provide multipurpose support services for mental health of youth and families in inner city and throughout the bay area to identify a diagnosis of the condition.
GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS
Gun violence – beyond numbers
Gun violence instills hopelessness and hypervigilance in individuals as well as communities. It is the leading cause of homicide in US. Gun deaths have increased steadily since 2009 and are now nearly as lethal as traffic accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Millions of people suffer the severe and long-term psychological effects that gun violence – or the threat of gun violence – brings to individuals, families, and their wider community. Besides that, some gunshot injuries have a lifechanging impact on the victims’ physical and mental health.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Support for the stigmatized
A challenge when trying to address the trauma experienced by people exposed to gun violence is that such violence has often become such a regular part of their lives that they don’t see the need for mental health service or they feel stigmatized by reaching out for support. This could seriously hamper in the recovery process. Our platform is in ideal solution for patients who wish to maintain anonymity and seek help.
How we recognize distress
Strategies for prevention and care
United in Love believes in healing the wounds of survivors with a 4-pronged approach. The first approach includes recognizing the issues and triggers. Second involves creating awareness programs and helping people in distress. The third is to collect donations for survivors in urgent need of care and attention while the forth is to get therapists and clinicians on board to mitigate the negative effects of gun violence.
in your truth
With awareness programs, we intend to prevent the incidence of gun violence. We also collect donations that will serve as a lifeline for survivors and contribute towards active research on gun violence. Our team is committed to get clinicians implement a variety of tools to improve to the physical and mental well-being of patients recovering from gun injuries. They use cognitive behavioral therapy, commitment therapy, meditation to calm physiological responses such as rapid heart rate, shallow breathing – and other signs of trauma or PTSD.
Our services & programs
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