handouts from the NCTSN may be especially useful:
Impact of the Recent Shooting
Children about the Shooting
for Youth Talking to Journalists about the Shooting
Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
continues to sponsor a disaster crisis hotline - 1-800-985-5990 or
text "talkwithus" to "66746". For more details
on this, as well as numerous materials on trauma and grief, click
excellent example of the resources offered by SAMHSA is the following handout:
Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or
Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers
School Safety Checklist
Shooters: An Awareness Program for School Staff
Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, a
collaborative, multi-disciplinary statewide effort to enhance
communication between stakeholders and to provide a clearinghouse
of national and local resources highlighting current research,
evidenced based prevention programs and county specific prevention,
intervention and support services.
Based Behavioral Health website at the University of Pittsburgh provides
free handbooks, podcasts, narrated slide presentations, parent brochures
and study guides for parents, teachers and other professionals on a
variety of mental health disorders, and behavioral health issues.
As we care for others and ourselves, we might do well
to keep the following in mind:
- Maintain a flexible routine.
- Limit our repetitive exposure
to reminders of the event and assist in limiting the re-exposure
of the youth in our lives.
- Recognize that although
stress reactions are "normal" they can often be problematic and
painful. Seek support as needed.
- There are no answers to some
questions and it is ok to say, "I don't know but I care that you
- Thankfully such events are
- Grieving and recovery are
on-going, individual processes that often include conflict.
- Promote mental health
awareness and treatment whenever possible.
- Model self-care.
As my veteran STAR colleague and clinical
director, Kim Poling, has reminded me during many postventions,
"sometimes the most powerful thing we can do is show up and be the
calm amidst the chaos." May each of you be strengthened to
continue doing the important work you do.
Paula S. McCommons, Ed.D.
Director, STAR-Center Outreach