Doctors are recruiting faith leaders in their efforts to combat the effects of violence in Chicago.
The University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Medicine are spearheading a program to train religious leaders in the community.
People are afraid to seek counseling but often trust faith leaders. With proper psychiatric training, they can offer counseling to heal the emotional scars following gunshot wounds, domestic violence and school bullies.
The faith leaders will also counsel witnesses of horrific events as well as those who have lost loved ones.
The goal is to prevent one event from spiraling into added violence or substance abuse and to strengthen the entire community one person at a time.