The tragic incident that occurred outside West Richland's Wiley Elementary School on Monday, April 23, has left the Tri-Cities shaken. Parents, children, and teachers witnessed a horrific scene. Schools and the community were in lockdown for a few hours, and a late-night Amber Alert was issued. During the event, information was scarce and emotions were high.

There's no question: Tri-Cities experienced trauma this week.

Many of our families, friends, and co-workers are left troubled, scared, and angry. Many of us are too. While some schools, workplaces, and community centers are offering free services to their members, there are still many people who need help and don't know where to turn.

However, there are many permanent resources available that can offer counseling for all ages and crises.

These resources offer counseling and assistance for free.

The below resources are recommended by the Washington State Department of Health.

Phone hotlines:

Text and chat resources:

Online resources:

As a final thought, I'll share a quote from Emily and Amelia Nagoski, authors of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle:

... the answer to our exhaustion wasn’t “self-care” — self-care is the fallout shelter you build in your basement because the government says it’s your responsibility, not theirs, to protect yourself from nuclear war. And revolution? We couldn’t wait for a revolution; we needed help now.

So we read the research. And it turned out the answer to our exhaustion was not “self-care” or revolution, but all of us caring for each other.

Take care of each other, Tri-Cities.

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I remember seeing missing children's images on It's every parent's nightmare. When children go missing from home, school, anywhere, fear sets in. Who took the child or teen? What happened? Please take a look at these missing children images. One of these kids could be your neighbor, friend, or family member. Do you have any information about any of these missing people?

Gallery Credit: Jaime Skelton

Missing Persons in Washington State

The gallery of persons currently listed as missing on the MUPU list in Washington State. Each picture contains the missing person's name, when they went missing, and which law enforcement agency to contact if you know something that could help.

Gallery Credit: Brian Stephenson

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