Resources for Parents, Youth and Communities
Hard things are hard – and talking to our kids about them is often even harder. As parents we know how difficult it can be to know how to best support our kids when they are exposed to, hear about or experience traumatic events, especially when it hits close to home in their school, community or inner circles. The short and long-term impacts of tragic events can be immense and many of us worry that our kids may never be the same. Luckily research shows that kids are remarkably resilient and that parents play a key role in helping children and youth recover. We also know that access to quality information, resources and support are also key. The more we as caregivers can learn about the effects of trauma and the range of reactions to it and feelings and behaviors that may follow it, the better prepared we will be to help our kid’s cope. We have been gathering resources from trusted partners for a variety of situations and will continue to update this page with resources we hope you never need but find helpful if you do.
For Parents & Caregivers
Featured New Parent Resources
National Child Traumatic Stress Network I Don’t Know How To – Parent Series – Explores difficult topics to help equip parents with the tools to navigate and provide support for various mental health conditions. This video series is a set of conversations between parents and providers discussing varying topics related to difficult situations and conversations parents find themselves in with their children.
Includes discussion from providers who work with families, communities, and schools before, during, and after violent events as well as parents and school staff, to explore personal experiences faced by those who have struggled to deal with and address their child’s safety at school. view
Explores personal experiences faced by parents who learn that their child is struggling with suicidal thoughts, teachers who support youth struggling with suicidal thoughts in school, and providers who help youth and families negotiate recovery from suicidal ideation. view
Explores personal experiences faced by parents whose children are dealing with bullying in school and the challenges that accompany a successful intervention to stop the bullying behaviors. view
Resources For Youth and Young Adults
For Teachers, Educators
After the Injury—website for families with injured children
Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children
Coping After Mass Violence: For Adults
SAMHSA Disaster/Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Bounce Back Now—Bounce Back Now is a free mobile app available through the Google Play and App Stores. It is intended to help people with coping and resilience after a natural disaster or incident of mass violence.
Mental Health Considerations After a Traumatic Event—Voices Center for Resilience
Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support Resources for Families
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention & Survivor Resources
SAVE Suicide Awareness Voices of Education Publications/Resources:
If you are in a crisis, or know someone who needs help now
Dial or Text 988
Or to chat click Lifeline Chat
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that provide free & confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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