Public transit is supposed to be safe. So it was with horror and shock that Ottawans heard about the bus crash at the Westboro Transitway station on Friday afternoon. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy—the people involved, their families, friends, communities, first responders, service providers, those who are working to find out what happened and how to prevent such a thing from happening again, those who have looked for ways to offer comfort, transit users, residents.
There are sources of support if you need them:
The Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region provides phone lines if you need someone to talk to about how you’re feeling, are looking for information on services available, or are in crisis. The lines are open 24/7.
Ottawa Public Health has posted information on experiencing stressful events, what you might be feeling and where to get information and help if you need it.
CHEO has information on how to help kids cope with traumatic events.
Grief is experienced individually, but a resilient community is one that comes together at difficult times—this is one of those times.