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
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
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 Teachers - handout
From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center
Transcend (mobile app to assist with recovery after mass violence)
From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University
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.
For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Brymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.