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Mental Health Resources

Access these resources which 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. In addition, download the Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters or Terrorism in English or Spanish.

Mental Health Topics For Parents

  • Talking to Children About the Election (AAP.org) and How to Talk to Your Kids About Election Results (Today.com). 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.
  • Helping Children with the Psychological and Emotional Aftermath of an Earthquake. This fact sheet  was developed in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti and it includes good information to help children and families impacted by the disaster.
  • Children and Traumatic Stress. This resource was designed to answer essential questions about the impact of a traumatic experience on a child. This factsheet discusses normal reactions, symptoms of more serious emotional problems and ways to help children recover from traumatic stress.
  • Preparing Your Family for Disasters. 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?. This resource includes frequently asked questions, warning signs and suggested coping strategies to use with children when talking about war.
  • Talking with Children About a Flu Pandemic. This fact sheet helps 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. This fact sheet 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 Hurricane. Recent severe hurricanes have been very traumatic for our nation's children. This 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. This 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. This information is helpful for talking to children about tragedies and difficult or disturbing news events.

Mental Health Topics 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.
  • 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.