The Belin-Blank Center joins the countless professionals in schools and the mental health community in expressing our deep sorrow for the families of the students and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This loss of human life is devastating, confusing, and terrifying for us, as well as for our children and students. Several national organizations have provided resources to help parents, teachers, and other professionals address the questions and concerns of children.
- From the National Association of School Psychologists, Sandy Hook Media Statement and “A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope.” More resources are available at http://www.nasponline.org/.
- From the American Psychological Association, “Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting” and “Reacting to the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting.”
- From the Autism Rights Watch, http://www.autismrightswatch.com/2012/12/arw-grieves-for-the-families-after-newtown-ct-shootings.
- From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events.”
- From National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Talking to Children about the Shooting
We hope that you find these resources helpful. If you have concerns about a child’s response to these events, please contact an appropriate mental health professional, either through the child’s school or in the community, for support and guidance.