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Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting

In response to the Robb Elementary School capturing in Uvalde, Texas, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed sources to assist youngsters, households, educators, and communities navigate what they’re seeing and listening to, acknowledge their emotions, and discover methods to manage collectively. These sources embrace:



Psychological First Aid 


Additional PFA sources for faculties embrace:


From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center


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


A disaster occasion resembling that is surprising and sometimes brings out robust feelings. People can name or textual content the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free quantity (1–800–985–5990) and obtain instant counseling. This free, confidential, and multilingual disaster help service is accessible to anybody experiencing psychological misery on account of this occasion. People who name and textual content are linked to skilled and caring professionals from disaster counseling facilities within the community. Helpline workers present confidential counseling, referrals, and different wanted help providers. 


Mass Violence

Resources for Children, Youth, Parents and Other Caregivers, and Schools

  • Children and AdolescentsSeveral sections of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) useful resource assortment deal with the widespread responses and wishes youngsters and adolescents might have throughout and after disasters. These sections embrace sources that spotlight the distinctive wants of youngsters and adolescents in and after disasters, in addition to how adults who work with youngsters, and oldsters and different caregivers, can supply help to youngsters and adolescents in coping. Following are SAMHSA DBHIS sections associated to youngsters and adolescents: 

  • After a Crisis: How Young Children Heal—This tip sheet from the NCTSN describes how younger youngsters might reply to disasters and different crises and suggests methods for fogeys and different caregivers to help them in coping. The tip sheet makes use of the phrase SAFETY as a reminiscence assist for readers, with every class of tips starting with a letter within the phrase.

  • Creating Effective Child- and Family-Focused Disaster Behavioral Health Messages on Social Media—In this roughly 40-page toolkit, the NCTSN gives steering for professionals serving disaster-affected communities, in addition to child-serving psychological well being organizations, in utilizing social media to speak with the general public by all phases of disaster. The toolkit presents an summary of social media platforms; details about creating social media posts; and key communication concerns by section of disaster, together with within the aftermath of disaster and through long-term restoration.

  • Psychological First Aid: Teachers and Educators—Designed for personnel at faculties which have skilled an incident of violence or a pure disaster, this tip sheet describes how lecturers and educators might expertise disasters and the way PFA will help. PFA is an evidence-informed, modular strategy that can be utilized to help disaster survivors. The tip sheet presents concepts for lecturers to maintain themselves and help others within the college group in coping and therapeutic after disasters.

General Disaster Response and Recovery Information

  • PFA: Tips for Adults—Part of the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, this handout identifies widespread reactions in adults who’ve skilled a disaster, suggests responses, and presents examples of issues to do and say to deal with the response. These strategies and examples embrace a respiratory train for rest, prioritization of tasks that really feel overwhelming, and tapping into current relationships for help.
  • This useful resource is accessible in Spanish at
The SAMHSA Disaster App permits disaster behavioral well being responders to navigate sources associated to pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground help, and post-deployment sources.  Users may share sources from the app through textual content message or electronic mail and rapidly establish native psychological well being and substance use dysfunction therapy providers.

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