How to Support Scam Victims, Including Yourself
By: Adil Ryan Lahreche, Head Counsellor, Huddlehumans
Huddlehumans is a mental health organization that provides 24/7 mental health support in an anonymous, safe, and affirming environment. They can be found on the Discord app, as well as on the Telegram app. More information can be found on their website www.huddlehumans.com.
It is a helpless feeling when you or someone you care about have fallen victim to a scam. The feelings of hopelessness, and the never-ending thought of nothing you can do to feel better, is often the first feeling scam victims experience. Furthermore, victims can also experience unbearable emotional pain, shame, guilt, discriminatory labels, and the feelings of being judged and exposed, amongst many others. More often than not, this leads most victims to suffer in silence, ultimately affecting their mental health in a severe manner. Thus, this article by huddlehumans hopes to provide you with useful tools that you can utilize during such difficult times.
Firstly, it is good to know some of the most common emotional distresses that scam victims may encounter:
● loss of trust in others
● loss of a sense of security
So… How do I face emotional distresses after being scammed?