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Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings
A collection of resources to help cope with the aftermath of school shootings. Additional resources are provided to promote mental health, school safety and violence prevention. Visit the site
A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit
This book was created to serve as a practical guide that will help adults to promote resilience in children. It discusses the background behind the concept of resilience and examines reslience through different childhood development levels. It looks at age tasks, what parents and...
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
The National Association of School Psychologists offers tips for parents, teachers, and school officials on how to talk with children about national tragedy and how to help children cope. Visit the site.
Building Resiliency in Children
Whether you realize this or not, you may be helping your children to become resilient. If you can understand the concept of resiliency, you will gain the awareness necessary to raise your children to be more resilient. This brief provides an overview of resiliency, ways children can adapt, and a...
Building Resiliency: Helping Children Learn to Weather Tough Times
Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing with adversities like these. While most parents hope that their children never face extreme adversity...
Caring for Kids After a School Shooting
The Child Mind Institute provides advice on how to help children cope following tragedy and information about traumatic events. Visit the site.
Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
This guide presents guidelines for schools, mental health professionals, and parents to help them in talking to and helping children cope with trauma and death. Download the Guide (PDF, 769 KB)
CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Web site
CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response leads the agency's preparedness and response activities by providing strategic direction, support, and coordination for activities across CDC as well as with local, state, tribal, national, territorial, and international public health partners...
Children and Grief
A brief fact sheet that provides guidance around how children respond to a death in the family as well as warning signs that may indicate that the child is having difficulty coping with grief. View this fact sheet 
Children and Resiliency
This website provides signs of a resilient child and activities to promote resiliency in children. Visit Website
Children's Needs in Disaster Situations
A disaster is frightening to everyone. This website provides information on recognizing age-appropriate signs of stress in children, strategies for parents and teachers to do outreach to children, age-appropriate ways parents and teachers can help children cope, and information on the benefit...
Children, Teens, and Resiliency
This website provides insight, guidance, and advice to help teens and families cope with the pressures of day-to-day life. It features two separate sections with resources for parents and resources for teens. Visit Website
Coping in Hard Time: Fact Sheet for Youth
What happens when your parents are laid off, are out of work for months, and their unemployment insurance ends? What happens when you can
Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders
What happens when a community has been hit by economic hard times? Stores close, buildings stand abandoned, municipal services
Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Students
When a disaster occurs, lots of people and businesses are just fine, but many people feel uncertain about jobs and where the next paycheck will come from. This tip sheet from NASP provides tips for students on coping with tough economic times in their families. Download Tip Sheet (PDF, 30.5 KB)
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
This web site features resources for students, schools, adults, families, and first responders coping with violence or traumatic events. It also provides information on how to contact SAMHSA"s Disaster Distress Helpline. Visit Web site
Disaster Distress Helpline Twitter and Facebook Accounts
A program of @samhsagov, our hotline (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) operate 24/7 for those in distress related to disasters in the U.S. Twitter hashtag: @distressline Follow on Twitter Like on Facebook
Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children's Needs
Disaster preparedness plans must ensure that health care facilities, medical providers, and all adults who might be in a position to help are prepared to meet the emotional needs of children of all ages and developmental stages. This website provides resources on helping children understand...
Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues
The American Red Cross has gathered this information to speed financial recovery after a disaster. This online booklet  includes sections on restoring household stability, stablizing finances, managing a property loss, and looking ahead. Visit Website
Family Emergency Preparedness Plan
This 28-page workbook and guide is geared toward helping families prepare for natural disasters. The plan can also be applied in any catastrophic event where emergency services would be delayed or overwhelmed. Download Workbook (PDF,442 KB)