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National Institute Of Mental Health
Resources, articles, and links to find professional help.
US Department Of Health & Human Services
Tips for talking to children and youth after traumatic events. Downloadable PDF file.
National Association of School Psychologists
Resources include how to help your child cope with tragedy, how to discuss traumatic events with them, and tips for caregivers to maintain their own well-being.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Includes how to discuss media coverage with your child, age-appropriate reactions and how to comfort your child, and how to talk directly about these events with your child.
Violence In Our Schools
University Of Minnesota Family Extension's site for helping relieve your child's anxiety, how to talk about school violence, and violence prevention.
30 Resources To Help Our Children Cope With Tragedies
Lots of links, covering school violence, grief, support groups, and many more.
Helping Children Cope With Violence And Tragic Events
Many links, including ways to directly help the victim's families.
Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events In The News
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."
Books for caregivers
After the Storm by
Publication Date: 2006-03-28
Our lives today are threatened by world tensions, global warming, job loss, social upheaval and economic uncertainty. All this stress, added to the normal problems of living, lowers our resilience and leaves us feeling vulnerable. When personal crises or disasters get added to the mix, the effects can be traumatic.
Children Changed by Trauma by
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Shows parents and others what they can do to help children who have witnessed a traumatic event cope with emotions, learn to talk about what happened, and begin to feel safe again.
The Scared Child by
Publication Date: 1996-09-17
Here are detailed instructions, based on professional techniques, to encourage kids of any age--from toddler to teenager--to reveal their feelings through words, drawings, and role playing with step-by-step advice for reassuring them and helping them let go of their fear.
Terrorism and Kids by
Publication Date: 2001-08-31
A guide for parents and teachers who are faced with children's difficult questions during these difficult times, this book includes dozens of practical tips for minimizing kids' fears without being overprotective and specific answers to questions children may ask.
Books to share with children
A Terrible Thing Happened by
Publication Date: 2000-02-15
After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better.
Why Did It Happen? by
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
Violence is all around us--whether on television, in movies, or on the streets. This story concerns the robbery of a neighborhood grocery store and how one boy comes to terms with the event.
On That Day by
Publication Date: 2002-08-02
Sometimes bad things happen in the world. But there will always be good things in the world, too. You are one of those good things.With simple language and a heart-felt message, Andrea Patel addresses a timely and timeless question: What can you do when bad things happen?
Bad Stuff in the News by
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
How can we cope in a world filled with pollution, poverty, and violence? In our media-centric society, this is a question that kids come face-to-face with at increasingly young ages. This essential handbook for today's modern youth will help kids and parents deal with confusing, troubling, or scary events, while showing them how to take part in repairing the broken world around them.
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
A photographic essay presenting the many circumstances in which a child might say good-bye to various friends and relatives.
The Invisible String by
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Whether it's a loved one far away, or a parent in the next room, this book illustrates a new way to cope with something all children and parents confront sooner or later; a child's fear of loneliness and separation.