Children on west side showing signs of PTSD in midst of shootings, drug problems

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Some children growing up in violent areas of the city are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, and community leaders are trying to come up with ways to help.

Shootings, drugs, and poverty are among the issues that are causing PTSD in kids on the west side.

This effort is part of a national campaign to find help for young people and families living in neighborhoods riddled with violence and poverty.

These meetings are designed to find solutions and resources to help.

Just a few weeks ago, a family was gunned down while sitting at home. Three were killed, and a daughter survived.

This violence is adding to the post-traumatic stress experienced by children living on the west side.

The problem has gotten so bad that the Westside Communtiy Health Advisory committee began holding public meetings last month to get kids help.

Dru Bagley chairs the committee.

“Their concern is based upon fear and reality,” Bagley said. “Things aren’t going well in their community and what want to try and do is empower people for things that they can do.”

Star Welch lost her daughter Carole in a triple homicide in 2008.

She wants to volunteer to get the children and families living here the help they need, like mental health care and counseling.

“People can unite if they have someone they can come to,” she said.

The audience also included teachers, healthcare workers, and police–people that see the struggles that west side kids endure.

Tonight’s discussion focused on safe zones for kids, jobs for young people, and family intervention–a conversation that’s just beginning in hopes of saving the children.

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