Free trauma care for El Paso shooting survivors and first responders

5 Aug

Monday August 5, 2019
For immediate release:

Local licensed therapists and acupuncturists are offering free services for survivors, first responders and families of those affected by the El Paso Wal Mart shooting.

Community ear acupuncture (acudetox) has been used in the aftermath of other shootings and terrorist attacks, such as 9/11 in New York City, and in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in response to violence in recent years.  Volunteers have offered over 300 treatments at the memorial site at the Cielo Vista Wal Mart, for people affected since the day of the mass shooting, Saturday August 3. A report “El Paso Community, Volunteers Come Together To Mourn And Try To Heal” about the acupuncture response was aired on KRWG on Friday August 16th.

The treatment can be helpful for anxiety, stress and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

This form of trauma care can be found at centers throughout the region including El Paso, Juarez, Anthony and Las Cruces.  Those interested in receiving support can call 575-312-6569, where anyone can receive a referral to a location in the border region.

The response is a collaboration of specialists including the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Families and Youth, INC and Crossroads Acupuncture based out of 1320 S Solano in Las Cruces, Casa Vida at 3501 Hueco El Paso, Texas, the Catholic Diocese of Cd Juarez, and Mariana Salcido, Coordinator for mental health for the city of Juarez.

“We originally started working in the region in response to the violence in Juarez in 2010. That was how our project got started, so we have been working with people affected by violence, by trauma,” said Dr. Ryan Bemis, Executive Director of Crossroads Acupuncture, in an interview with KRWG. Bemis says that these types of ear acupuncture groups are good for creating safe spaces for people.. Bemis is a former acupuncturist for the Department of Defense’s Fort Bliss Warrior Resilience PTSD clinic in El Paso, TX.

Learn more:


Residents in violent border city use acupuncture to cope with trauma, by Angela Kocherga and Hugo Perez on the Border News Bureau

Acupuncture for the trauma spectrum response, in the military Samueli Institute

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