Mass Shooting and Violence Resources




The following list of resources can provide additional information:

Trauma Recovery:

Disaster Distress Helpline: (800) 985-5990

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text, and by TTY

How to Help Children Cope with a Crisis
Save the Children

Talking to Children about the Shooting
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This two page document provides tips for talking with children after a shooting.

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This two page document discusses the impact of stories, images and videos on young children and offers tips to parents on how to handle disturbing media content/coverage.

Coping with Crisis – Helping Children With Special Needs
Rutger University Behavioral Health Care
This website discusses how to customize existing resources to match a child’s developmental and emotional maturity level. Provides specific guidance for children with autism, cognitive limitations, visual, hearing or physical limitations and learning disabilities.

Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events – for ages 5 to 7
Canadian Red Cross
This twenty-six page document contains lesson plans for teachers and includes hands-on or interactive activities for the classroom that will help students and their families prepare for disastrous situations and equip them with tools to sort out their feelings and fears.

Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis
National Black Child Development Institute and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The guidebook is designed to children cope with crisis through various interactive methods. The guidebook is designed for children ages 12 and younger.

Children First: What to Do When Disaster Strikes
Save the Children
This video training covers the basics of caring for children in emergencies including the basics or emergency preparation and expert presentations on meeting the physical and emotional needs of children before, during and following a disaster. Children First is a great introduction to emergency preparedness for all caregivers.

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal Checklist
National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Early Trauma Treatment Network, University of California San Francisco
This one page checklist is aimed at helping parents monitor and assist toddlers and preschoolers after a crisis.

Children and Disaster: Ten Things to Know
National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Common Stress reactions experienced by children (1 – 18 years) after a disaster
and coping strategies to use during their time of trauma 

National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children After Disasters
National Center for PTSD – National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This one page chart identifies reactions or behavior that preschool-age children may have to disasters. It also provides suggested responses and things to say to the child.

Child Care Aware of America

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