The following resources are meant to help parents, caretakers, and teachers assist children and youth in understanding and recovering from from traumatic events, like the recent school shooting in Parkland, FL. These guides, tools, and approaches can be used in the recovery process to create a more well-informed support system for children and students.
Links to Resource:
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting (pdf) from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- Talking to Children about the Shooting (pdf) from the NCTSN
- Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Operations Guide and accompanying handouts from NCTSN and the National Center for PTSD. This is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a school crisis, disaster, or terrorism event.
- Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals (pdf) from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
- View Mass Shooting and Violence Resources from Child Care Aware of America
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers (pdf) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Creating Trauma-informed Classrooms (pdf) from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- Visit the Sesame Street in Communities website to learn more about how traumatic experiences effects on children and how adults can lessen negative long-term impacts
- Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This multilingual crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
- Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs