Our hearts are heavy as we process the aftermath of the shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on December 6, 2023. The staff and students of UNLV are some of our most extraordinary partners dedicated to improving the community, and we extend our deepest condolences to all those impacted by yet another senseless act of violence. 

Resiliency & Justice Center

Our advocates and community partners with the Resiliency & Justice Center (previously known as the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center) are here for victims and their families, those suffering physical and emotional injuries, and others impacted. Legal Aid Center manages the center, which can help with legal services, Victims of Crime Program (VOCP) applications, mental health assistance, and more. All services are available free of charge. The center is a safe haven; we ask for all media inquiries to be directed to Christine Smith, who can reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Resiliency & Justice Center is located at 2915 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102, and open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Individuals can also find help by submitting a General Intake Form or calling 702-455-2433. Available services include:

Behavioral Health Navigation

The center has a dedicated Behavioral Health Navigator who can find and connect survivors with trauma-trained therapists in our community who will take their insurance or Victims of Crime Program funding. This will assist in connecting with services in a timely manner, finding a therapist who works with trauma and has experience in mass casualty events. Please click here to fill out a general intake form and indicate a need for mental health to get started.

Advocate Assistance

Our trauma-informed staff can help you complete applications for the Victims of Crime Program, connecting with the services listed here and others as they become available, and providing further information. Even if you believe you don't need services, we recommend speaking with Resiliency & Justice Center staff for info about support or connections and for any possible future needs. 

Support Groups

  • Resiliency & Justice Center Online Group for Faculty & Staff – Alice Goldstein facilitates a group in English through Zoom. Click here to learn more or register.
  • Adam’s Place Online Group – This virtual grief and bereavement support group for adults meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. It's facilitated by two nursing professors, including one from UNLV. Anyone can register 24/7 on their website, adamsplacelv.org

Debriefings with Departments

This is not therapy, but can be a first step to recovery. Debriefings serve as an opportunity to begin to discuss what people experienced, their feelings, thoughts, any symptoms of trauma, and coping skills and resources. These are usually one to two hours and conducted via Zoom. If interested, please reach out directly to the Resiliency & Justice Center's Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, Jackie Harris, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VOCP Applications

The State of Nevada administers a Victims of Crime Compensation Program that offers assistance for counseling, lost wages, or medical support. Resiliency & Justice Center staff help in completing applications and identifying potential benefits. We recommend all impacted persons apply for any current or future needs. You may request assistance directly or complete a virtual intake form at ResiliencyAndJustice.org.

HEART Peer Support

HEART (Healing, Empowering, And Rebuilding Together) is a program of trained volunteers who were impacted in various ways by the shooting at October 1, 2017, Route 91 Harvest Festival. They are trained in evidence-based best practices to support one another and are guided by trauma-informed providers and clinicians who must go through a rigorous training program of their own. Click here to learn more.

Integrative Services

Virtual group sessions that are focused on activities such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and art therapy are available at no-cost to anyone impacted by the tragedy at UNLV. You can find details and a request form at ResiliencyAndJustice.org/integrativeservices.

Other Services 

For a schedule of all virtual and in-person events hosted by the Resiliency & Justice Center and their community partners, take a look at their website calendar. Several workshops, training, support groups, integrative service sessions, and other events are available in both English and Spanish. The calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check regularly for activities that may interest you.

Catherine and Elizabeth Scherwenka have led sessions for the community recovering from the 1 October tragedy to help guide and facilitate healing, and they offer free, online meditations for anyone in need of some support on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. Click here to learn more or sign up.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will provide their their students in-person, drop-in crisis support services through Student Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) in collaboration with CICFC, UNLV PRACTICE, and clinical faculty. Telehealth crisis services remain available for students by calling 702-895-3627. Click here to go to their mental health resources page and find more options for students, faculty, and staff.

The Nevada Psychological Association hosts a list of disaster response resources on nvpsychology.org that includes local and national therapists who are willing to provide pro bono services to those in need.

How You Can Help

Vitalant sent approximately 50 additional units of blood products to an area hospital in response to the shooting and stand ready to provide more if requested. Those who want to support the blood supply are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days and weeks. You can learn more at www.vitalant.org, use the Vitalant app, or call 1-877-25-VITAL.

If you're a licensed behavioral health services provider or provider of integrative services (such as yoga or meditation) and you're interested in offering trauma-focused and trauma-informed services to those impacted, the Resiliency & Justice Center welcomes your help. The center also oversees the HEART Peer Support program, in which survivors, family members, and others impacted by the October 1, 2017, mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival provide continuous support to matched peers when they need it most. Please click here complete an interest form on the center's website. 

Additional Resources

We know that hearing details of events like this can be also triggering and overwhelming for many others, especially those who've experienced trauma in the past. Please know that it's normal to experience stress symptoms or feel re-traumatized in the wake of such events.

The Resiliency & Justice Center recommends and assists a number of weekly support groups facilitated by trained professionals who foster a safe space to share your feelings with others who understand what you're going through, HEART Peer Support, and many helpful online and in-person events, which you can learn more about at ResiliencyAndJustice.org. For mental health support outside of regular business hours, please call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990), call or text 988, or chat on www.988lifeline.org.

We also highly recommend the resource guide developed by our partners at the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center intended for all those impacted by the tragedy. Click here to view or download the guide from the NMVVRC.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is providing updates and resources for their community through unlv.edu/unlvstrong.

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