We have received several calls from parents concerned about how to talk to their children about the school shooting in Newtown. The staff of Children’s Village would like to share these resources with people looking for factual, credible information and advice on how to deal with this difficult subject.
Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: http://www.sdbp.org/TragedyCT.cfm.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/terrorism
Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Disaster Distress Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services. The number is 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUS” to 66746.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America’s communities.
Texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text “Hablanos” to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
The Helpline also can be accessed online at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/