The Orlando shooting serves as a grim reminder of the senseless violence that exists in our world today. We are both saddened and angered by the events that took the lives of 49 LGBTQ individuals, and injured 53 more on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Our heart goes out to the victims and families of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, and we hope those impacted by the event will seek mental health treatment to cope with the grief and trauma they’ve experienced.

It is because of this violence that many walk around feeling more fearful for their lives in everyday situations. Our security dwindles each time more lives are destroyed by guns that fall into the wrong hands. Although we cannot stop hate altogether, we can do a better job making sure those filled with hate do not own a gun.

We are committed to do what we can help stop these acts of hate and terror, and we are proud to join the more than 3 million people who have come together to make communities safe as part of the Everytown for Gun Safety movement. Urban Balance donated funds to the coalition made up of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and survivors of America’s many gun violence incidents. Together, they lobby for gun control legislation on a local and federal level, as well as provide a support network for gun violence survivors.

At Urban Balance, we encourage our clients and colleagues to get involved in addressing violence in our society by contacting your local government representatives or donating resources to organizations that advocate for changing gun laws. Together we can fight for changes that will save lives in our communities.

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Urban Balance prioritizes the safety of our clients and staff and will provide teletherapy counseling services.
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