The Century 16 Theater Shooting on July 20, 2012 stunned Aurora, Colorado, and the nation – the ripple effects can still be felt today. The 7/20 Recovery Committee is committed to promoting healing and ensuring that our community remains as strong and resilient as ever. To accomplish this, we are raising public awareness about the common signs of post-traumatic stress – a very normal reaction to abnormal, traumatic events – and continue to inform people of the services available to help understand and manage their reactions. Recognizing these signs and knowing what steps to take is vital to maintaining a supportive, healthy community. The 7/20 Recovery Committee is dedicated to providing leadership in developing a coordinated and unified effort through education and outreach, trauma support, and connecting people and resources – steps that will keep Aurora – and Colorado – on the road to recovery.
7/20 Day of Remembrance
A multifaceted, meaningful Day of Remembrance will take place on July 20, 2013 for continued healing and support within the community.
The day will begin with a community gathering and morning ceremony to honor and remember those whose lives were lost, survivors and their loved ones. The ceremony will be followed by a variety of healing activities such as meditation and reflection, counseling, yoga, art and music activities. Groups and individuals will also have the opportunity to pre-register for a number of community service projects that will take place around Aurora that day. As activities and volunteers are finalized, the City of Aurora will provide an update on their website and on their Facebook and Twitter accounts with instructions on how to sign up and participate.
7:30 a.m. Community Gathering and Ceremony – Aurora Municipal Center Lawn
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Healing Activities – Aurora Municipal Center Lawn
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Community Service Projects – Various locations in Aurora
Location: Aurora Municipal Center Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
The Aurora Strong Community Resilience Center will open to the public in mid-July, officially opening its doors to all Aurora residents who have been affected by trauma, or who simply want to learn resilience and coping skills to prepare themselves for unexpected trauma. The Resilience Center is located at 1298 Peoria St., Aurora, CO, 80011, in the garden level of the former Hoffman Heights library. For more information, please call 303-739-1580.
It's important to remember that there are resources for those in our community who are experiencing any of the common signs of traumatic stress, including trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, feelings of fear or anxiety, irritability or moodiness, or wanting to withdraw from friends or family. Visit the Aurora Strong Trauma Recovery website to learn more about traumatic stress and how to overcome it. To speak with a trained counselor, call 303-617-2300 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please click the link below to see an interview with Dr. Mara Kailin from Aurora Mental Health, who provides helpful information on how to recognize if a loved one is coping with their feelings in a healthy or unhealthy way, and how they can seek help.
As the 7/20 Recovery Committee continues to gain attention in the media and elsewhere, we are happy to share that over 600 unique visitors have contributed to an impressive 2,840 page views. Today, 22% of our website visitors are returners. Thank you for your support and interest in helping Aurora, Colorado, take steps towards the road to recovery.