After witnessing a traumatic event, such as school shooting or natural disaster, or watching the event unfold on the news, many children may have questions or experience feelings of anxiety, confusion, or fear. It’s important that adults know how to help them overcome their feelings of grief or fear in a supportive way.
The experts at Children’s National have compiled a number of resources for parents and families, as well as teachers and schools, to know how to appropriately talk to children of different ages about what’s happening and to help them cope in the wake of a traumatic event:
To access mental health services at Children’s National, we encourage you to speak with your child’s pediatrician and explore the links below to learn more about our programs:
In the event of a mental health crisis our specialists are available by phone for consultation and for emergency psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency Department - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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