Our colleague, Julie Cohen of linksforshrinks has suggested that those of us in the mental health field who typically use social media to promote our private practices, take 24 hours off from those efforts to help spread resources and information that may help anyone struggling with the events of December 14, 2012.
On 12/14/2012, 20 children were killed in a heinous massacre at an elementary school in the United States in Newtown, CT and 22 children were stabbed at an elementary school in China. Whatever for? We may never know. I do want to offer some resources for parents, counselors, community volunteers and others who may be assisting and helping in the wake of these tragedies.
If you are in the U.S. and experiencing signs of distress as a result of yesterday’s tragedy, please seek help at http://1.usa.gov/P4DWBe or call 1-800-985-5990.
If you are in other parts of the world and you are experiencing crisis, visit http://www.befrienders.org.
Finally, this downloadable publication is available in english and spanish:
Most importantly in the days ahead, while everyone speculates with endless news feed, take time to love the little children all around you.
PS. These links below are additional resources straight from my twitter feed of 12/15/2012
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
The Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope With Violence and Disasters
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) Catastrophic Events
Violence- How to Talk to Your Children
Coping And Surviving Violent And Traumatic Events
Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence A Guide for Families
Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
Talking to Children About Community Violence
Community Violence: The Effects on Children and Teens
Violence Recovery Services – Heartland Alliance
Support crucial for kids after trauma