Child Trauma Resources For Parents, Caregivers & Educators

Our hearts go out to the individuals and families who are experiencing unimaginable trauma in Uvalde, Texas.

If you or your child are struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health specialist for help.

To access support, call the 24/7 Crisis Line at 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.

While mass shootings are something that has, unfortunately, become all too common in our modern world, they still send shockwaves through communities every time they occur. These tragedies encompass not only the grief and mourning of individual families but of entire communities. Young children and teens, in particular, often struggle coping with grief, loss, and tragedy after such an event. We invite parents, caregivers, and educators to explore this page for resources and support regarding child trauma, grief, processing these events, moving through trauma, and more.

 

Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting

In response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, 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. These resources include:

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:

From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University

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.

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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence. Disasters also may leave them with long-lasting harmful effects. When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping.

This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.