A recent crash near Roundup killed a 44-year-old woman from Plains. On Wednesday, the Musselshell County Sheriff’s office identified the woman as Shannon Renee McBee. According to an article in the Missoulian, McBree was traveling northbound in a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The vehicle was being driven by a 22-year-old Billings woman. Suddenly, a van traveling in the other direction crossed the centerline roughly seven miles south of Roundup. The van hit the side of the SUV and caused the crash. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 87 according to the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP). Although the MHP noted that McBee was wearing a seatbelt, she died due to “multiple blunt-force trauma.”
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Shannon Renee McBee. Losing someone close to us, being involved in, or having someone close to you experience a car accident can cause trauma for others as well. The trauma referred to in the accident article is trauma of a physical nature; however, trauma can be both physical and emotional. In this article, we would like to point out some important things to know about trauma. In doing so, we readily admit that we are not licensed mental health professionals. If you feel like you are experiencing mental strain following your accident, we strongly encourage you to speak with a licensed medical professional.
Trauma is a serious experience. According to the American Psychological Association, Trauma is defined as an “emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster.” For example, a mom can experience trauma in worrying about her children if she and her children are involved in a serious car accident. Following an accident, many people are sympathetic toward your need to physically heal; however, often people don’t think about the necessary mental healing that needs to occur as well. Many people experience something upsetting and traumatic in their lives. When something like this occurs, it can be difficult for things to return to normal.
The University of New Hampshire recommends some of the following in trying to recover from trauma:
- Do Something Fun. Hopefully, there are some activities that will help you feel like your old self again. This suggestion might include something simple like woodworking, seeing a movie, painting, read a novel, play a board game, anything that you enjoy.
- Exercise. Various studies have demonstrated the physical, as well as significant mental benefits that can come about by exercising.
- Write it Down. Writing down your feelings can help you process the event a little better. You can answer the questions you have about the event as best as you can. Guard your feelings in a safe location, and share them only with those with whom you feel comfortable.
- Utilize Your Spiritual Resources.How spiritual a person is can vary widely. For some, spirituality migh include attending church. For others, spirituality might include something like meditatin or reading inspirational books.
- Be Around the People You Love. Family can be a crucial resource following a tragedy. They can help buoy you up and feel less stressed.
As mentioned earlier, it is vital to recognize that mental trauma, like physical trauma, sometimes needs a medical professional to fix. We here at The Advocates Law Firm want you to do what is necessary to take care of yourself and heal from your injuries. If you have any questions, speak with an attorney. They can help you know what to do and what resources are available.