In response to the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, we know there may be parents, students and educators in need of help to process questions, emotions, and, possibly, distress at this time. It can be hard to know what to say and how many details to share with children and adolescents following a tragedy. It is important to help children feel safe and open to discussing their thoughts and emotions. Check out the following links below to help guide your family’s discussions in the coming weeks.
Parents, if you are worried with how your child is reacting, or not reacting, to the mass school shooting, be sure to contact your school's counselor to find out what mental health services may be available within your school district. Remember, role modeling is a great way to teach children how to sort through and express emotions in a healthy manner.
Teachers and School Staff, students and parents may approach you with a variety of questions, comments, and behaviors following the Newtown incident. Talk to your school counselor to be prepared to help them by knowing what behavioral health services are available through your school district.
Resource for Teachers:
Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: Fact Sheet
For more information on how you can help support your student's mental health, visit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website.