Healing Process Continues For Enoch City
A look at the Enoch City website shows that T-Ball and Coach Pitch games are underway. Kids are playing and plans are being made for summer activities.
But still the ache remains.
It was just over five months ago that this peaceful, rural community was rocked. Indeed, the entire state was put on its heels with the tragic news that came from Enoch on that cold January 4th morning. A beloved family found dead in their home, and said to be at the hands of the father of the Haight family.
The emotional scars left from this tragedy may never completely heal or fade. But a group of professionals along with community officials and some very benevolent benefactors are making sure that help is available for those still trying to cope with the events of that day.
Rob Dotson, City Manager for Enoch City joined us on the radio this morning to update us with some of the healing processes that are going on in Enoch.
He was joined by Amy Nielson, a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and the head of PB&J Consulting. She also heads the committee bringing resources to improve the mental health of the community.
Rob told us, “anytime we have a traumatic incident, like we saw in 2021 with the flooding...the good people of this community, not just Enoch City but Parowan, Cedar City and Iron County (come) together and just support and care for each other.”
After the tragic incident of January 4th, that same spirit and attitude began to manifest itself to the Enoch community as leaders were inundated with people asking “what can I do to help?” Among those asking how they could help was a lot of individuals engaged in the mental health field. They convened and started a crisis intervention team. They set up at Enoch Elementary School.
Since that time a group of non-profits, therapists, families Enoch City government came together to create the Enoch Community Trauma Recovery Committee. The committee's purpose, according to Dotson, is to establish a way for people “to receive any type of mental counseling, mental health therapy, anything they need.”
Although the healing process will be going on indefinitely, Nielson, who has been working with many individuals and groups told us, “we have some that over the months we've seen progress and do well. Our youth are coming around really nicely, at least the ones we've seen in my practice. It's a mix with everyone, depending on the level of trauma they experienced.”
But Neilson also told us that there are some still “coming out of the woodwork” and that it seems to come in waves and community members come to realize that they need help coping with the trauma.
Enoch City continues to put forth all possible resources to help the healing process along as the town works to put the tragedy of the day in perspective and continue to move forward in building a loving and caring place for people to live.
Interesting side note, Dotson told us that Enoch City now has a population of over 8,000.
Resources to help those who are now feeling that they need an extra hand to overcome the trauma and grief they are facing are available by doing a Google search of “Cedar Mental Health” or you can follow this link.
The trauma of the events of January 4th is far from over. It will take significant time and effort for the grief of these events to subside. But step by step the healing process will go on.
Maybe it will start with the small step of watching the kids play T-Ball.
You can listen to our visit Rob Dotson and Amy Nielson below.