Monday, December 17, 2012

Our Sympathy and Resources to help talk with children about traumatic events

First, on behalf of the SERC Library and SERC, we extend our sympathy to the families and friends of those who were lost on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, our support and thoughts to the rest of the students and the teachers, and our thanks and support to the first responders.   You will all be in our thoughts for a very long time, if not for forever, know that we are thinking of you.     

The SERC Library has resources you can use under the keywords:  crisis, post-traumatic stress, grief, death, and bereavement.  The resources listed below are more immediate resources. 

Please continue to check the blog for additional resources as they are made available.

Jenny Groome from the Connecticut State Library has posted some Federal resources to the Connecticut State Library’s Blog on Tips for Helping Children Cope After Traumatic Events,

In addition,  Alberta Richetelle, Program Director and Judith Kronick, Reference Librarians for Healthnet sent these links along:

Healthnet : Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
       Lyman Maynard Stowe Library – University of Connecticut Health Center   
                     P.O. Box 4003    Farmington CT 06034-4003
                                           Telephone: 860/679-4055

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
From the American Psychological Association

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
From the National Institute of Mental Health

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Children and the News
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTIONHelping and Talking with Children
From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

From Exchange Every Day:

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Connecticut, many of you will be working with children and families who will have questions, concerns, and fears you need to deal with.  And, it is important that you deal with these issues forthrightly and appropriately.  We have surveyed members of the Exchange community and they how to respond: 


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