First Tuesdays with HEART

Supporting Those Impacted by Mass Violence

First Tuesdays with HEART focuses on post-traumatic growth and strengthening our “whole selves” as we move forward, find our way, and embrace our new normal. Each month, peer support volunteers from HEART (Healing, Empowering, And Rebuilding Together) host an online presentation and open discussion on a featured topic with various mental health professionals and individuals around the world who have been affected by mass violence incidents.

First Tuesdays with HEART is open to anyone impacted by mass violence, including but not limited to:

  • Survivors
  • Family of those impacted
  • Friends of those impacted
  • First responders
  • Community responders
  • Therapists
  • Hospital staff
  • Community members
  • And others

Attendees do not discuss the mass violence events in detail in order to avoid activating others. HEART Peer Mentors and Coaches have resources they can share if you would like individual support. The goal is to have one hour together, but group discussion may extend the time.

You can sign up for a meeting, typically held the first Tuesday of every month on Zoom, through There is also a private Facebook group available that you can join by clicking here.


The HEART Peer Support program was founded in 2020 by individuals impacted by the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas and the Resiliency & Justice Center (then known as the “Vegas Strong Resiliency Center”). These dedicated volunteers are trained in evidence-based best practices and are guided by trauma-informed providers and clinicians to support those impacted by mass violence across the globe.

“No matter what stage of healing you’re in, you are not alone on bad days and good days. One thing I’ve found to be true is that we received our trauma as a group or a community and we do some of our best healing the same way.”

-Mary, HEART Peer Mentor