Our hearts are broken and hurting for the children, teachers, adults and their loved ones affected by the devastating school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones who have been impacted by this tragedy. Many find themselves experiencing feelings of anger, hopelessness and despair when faced with such a traumatic event. 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. Attached are resources for parents and caregivers as they navigate through tough conversations and emotions.

These resources were shared by the Terrorism and Disaster Gulf Coast Coalition for Children and Family Resilience to support communities during this difficult time. Also click here for the LDH/OBH Behavioral Health Immediate Resources that are free and confidential, as well as available 24/7. 

Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting

Talking to Children about the Shooting

Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (En Español)

Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen  (En Español)

Talking to Teens about Violence (En Español)

Tips for Talking to Students about Violence
Coping After Mass Violence: For Adults

For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence(En Español)

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)

Guiding Adults in Talking to Children about Death and Attending Services

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Once I Was Very Very Scared – children’s book for young children 

After the Injury—website for families with injured children

Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children

Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing (En Español) (for responders)

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:

Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) – Field operations guide

Providing PFA-S: For Health-Related Professionals – handout

Providing PFA-S: For Principals and Administrators – handout

Providing PFA-S: For School Support Staff – handout

Providing PFA-S: For Teachers - handout

 

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

 

Disaster Helpline

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.

 

Additional Resources

For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Brymer at mbrymer@mednet.ucla.edu.