The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:
· Coping After Mass Violence: For Adults
· For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence(En Español)
Psychological First Aid
The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center.
Additional PFA resources for schools include:
From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center
· Transcend (mobile app to assist with recovery after mass violence)
· Rebuild your Community: Resources for Community Leaders
· Media Guidelines for Homicide Family Survivors
· Timeline of Activities to Promote Mental Health Recovery
· Self-Help: Resources for Survivors
· E-learning Courses: Trainings for Clinicians
· Resources for Victim Assistance Professionals
From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University
· Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy
· Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events
· Coping with Stress Following a Mass Shooting
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.
For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Brymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.