The Child Mind Institute has prepared free trauma resources to aid parents, educators, and other adults in talking to children and adolescents about potentially traumatic events and identifying those who might benefit from more focused professional attention. Our children can be more sensitive to challenges around them because of their life experience and they need our support. We hope these resources will be of assistance in a trying time, and that you will share them with anyone you think might benefit. And remember to take care of yourself; your children depend on you most of all.
When tragedy strikes, it can be hard to deal with your own grief and distress while helping your children do the same. But there are things you can do to help kids handle scary news. To break the news about an event that kids might see on the news, don’t wait to tell them. It’s better for them if you’re the one who tells them. Here’s what the article covers:
- Break the news
- Take your cues from your child
- Model calm
- Be reassuring
- Help children express their feelings
- Be developmentally appropriate
- Be available
- Memorialize those who have been lost
This video features Paramjit Joshi, MD, the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She discusses that the most important thing is to actually acknowledge that the shooting occurred.
This article talks about anxiety related to school shootings and how to be proactive in addressing it. School shootings have made a lot of parents in America anxious. Parents are often more worried about it than younger kids are. But kids pick up on their parents’ fear. And parents worry that seeing news reports of school shootings may be harming their kids.
Veteran and military families face many unique challenges. They may struggle with the stress of deployment (or coming home), parenting, finances, employment, or domestic violence. SFSC’s services are designed to help veteran and active duty families find community resources, support kids, build resiliency, develop effective parenting skills, and manage stress. SFSC understands the challenges of veteran and military families because our team has lived military service backgrounds – personally or through a family member. Our team of Peer Navigators and Clinical Case Managers understand what it means to be a veteran or active duty family. Who we serve We provide free support for all of Orange County’s military- and veteran-connected families with children, regardless of length of service, type of discharge, rate of disability, financial need or marital status. We also provide services to extended family members who are providing guardianship over the children of veterans, active duty and reservists. We want to hear from you For more information or to make an appointment, call (714) 953-4455, extension 661.