Gun Violence Prevention
Gun violence has become all too common in America. Many of our students can be impacted by the news or talk, or direct exposure to violence. The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity encourages educators to offer opportunities for dialogue around these challenging topics. Please find some resources below.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources
The recent shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, has evoked a range of emotions and concerns of safety across the United States. In response to this event, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After Mass Violence
- Talking to Children about Mass Violence
- Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen (En Espanol)
- Psychological Impact of Mass Violence
- Coping After Mass Violence
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (En Español)
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal (En Español)
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (En Español)
- Once I Was Very Very Scared – children’s book for young children
- I Don’t Know How to Address Worries About My Child’s Safety at School (webinar)
- 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 & Partners
- 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
- Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit for Institutions for Higher Education
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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