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Mental Health Resources

Crisis response, outreach and educational efforts were provided to schools, communities, and families throughout the region. These resources are intended to help families better understand child and adolescent stress responses and resiliency-building strategies to use with children so that they can better cope and heal from traumatic events.

The Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism - English | Spanish

Mental Health Topics:

For parents

  • After the Presidential Election: Talking to Children About What Has Happened and What It Means: The unsettling rhetoric of the campaign and subsequent news reports of protests and bias incidents have generated questions, confusion and even fear in some children. It’s important that families address these concerns honestly and directly to help our children feel heard, safe and supported. These links can guide parents in starting the conversation with their children and help make them more aware of how their own emotions and comments can impact children’s sense of well-being.
    Talking to Children About the Election (
    How to Talk to Your Kids About Election Results (
  • Helping Children with the Psychological and Emotional Aftermath of an Earthquake: A fact sheet developed in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti (January, 2010). Includes good information to help children and families impacted by the disaster.
  • Children and Traumatic Stress: English | Arabic: To answer essential questions about the impact of a traumatic experience on a child, the ICHOC has developed the "Children and Traumatic Stress" fact sheet. Normal reactions, symptoms of more serious emotional problems, and ways to help children recover are discussed.
  • Preparing Your Family for Disasters: Brochure, Fact Sheet: When a traumatic event threatens your family, there are important basic ways that you can prepare yourself and your children.
  • Children and War: How Can We Help?: In response to children's questions and fears about war, "Children and War: How Can We Help?" is designed to help parents and teachers talk to children about war. ICHOC has created this resource with frequently asked questions, warning signs and suggested coping strategies to use with children.
  • Talking with Children About a Flu Pandemic:There has been a lot of concern in the international media recently about the avian flu and the possibility that it could cause a human flu pandemic. The ICHOC has developed the "Talking with Children about a Flue Pandemic" fact sheet to help adults answer children's questions about the flu.
  • Helping Children Cope After a School Shooting: In response to a school shooting tragedy, many children may have questions and concerns. Helping Children Cope After a School Shooting offers suggestions to help guide parents, teachers, and other caring adults to best support children who may be grieving, concerned, or troubled by a school shooting.
  • Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of a HurricaneRecent severe hurricanes have been very traumatic for our nation's children. The "Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of a Hurricane" fact sheet discusses the impact of hurricanes on young people and provides suggestions for how to help them cope after a hurricane has disrupted their lives.
  • Children and Flying Fears: Being in an airplane can be scary for children. Some children are more fearful about flying now than in the past because they are aware that airplanes have been targeted by terrorists. The "Children and Flying Fears" fact sheet provides tips that adults can sue to help relieve children's fears and make air travel less scary.
  • How to talk to Children About Tragedies. Additional resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This information from the AAP may also be helpful in talking to children about tragedies and difficult or disturbing news events.

For schools and teachers

  • Talking to Children About the Election News: The National Association of School Psychologists has developed guidelines to help teachers and other school professionals discuss recent news events with students. Learn more here.
  • Being Disaster Ready: Recommendations for Schools: This fact sheet contains recommendations for schools to help them become prepared for traumatic events so that they can respond effectively if an actual event occurs. Educational programs for staff, resiliency programs for students, community communication plans, and disaster drills are discussed.
  • Responding to a Crisis: Tips for Schools: This fact sheet contains tips for actions a school should take during the first critical moments after a traumatic event occurs in a school, through to longer term, recovery-oriented actions. It also includes practical tips for dealing with the media during a school crisis.
  • Helping Children Heal After a Traumatic Event: Suggestions for the Classroom: This fact sheet provides school teachers with practical suggestions for helping make their classrooms places where children can recover emotionally after a traumatic event.
  • Disaster Self Care Action Plan for School Teachers: This fact sheet walks teachers through the preparations they should make for the possibility of a future traumatic event and provides a checklist of recommended actions for taking care of their mental health after an event has occurred.