Dear CDA Families,
Sad, exhausted, overwhelmed, powerless, disheartened, confused, angry, and tired… are some of the many emotions felt across the country as we continue to process and mourn the tragedy of another deadly shooting. These feelings are completely normal for both adults and children following traumatic events that we hear about and watch unfold in the media.
The reality of these tragedies are overwhelming and we must be ready with the tools to manage and respond to the questions and concerns that our children may have. It is especially important to help them feel safe and understand what is happening. Remember, safe and supportive adults are the best predictor of a resilient child.
Below are some resources that I hope you find helpful:
Responding to Children about Violent Incidents
A County mental health expert offers parents advice on responding to children after school shootings and other violent incidents.
An Age-by-Age Guide to Talking to Children About Mass Shooting
The New York Times spoke with several mental health experts about some basic principles for parents and caregivers to have in mind when talking with children of all ages in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting.
Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss School Shootings
San Diego County Office of Education
Helping Children Cope with Gun Violence Tragedies
Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Helping Students After a School Shooting
The American School Counselor Association
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers searchable resources that focus on how adults can identify and respond to traumatic responses in young people:
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
Mental Health Resource Center
- Counseling Children After a School Shooting – Goodtherapy.org
- Routines to Help Kids Cope with Stress – PBS Kids
- Community and Gun Violence – Sesame Street in Communities
- 5 Tips for How to Talk to Children About School Shootings – Save the Children
- Talking to Kids About Racism and Violence – Child Mind Institute
We have some exciting workshops lined up throughout June, including:
- June 7th – Digital Literacy: Intermediate Microsoft Excel
- June 16th – Modeling Healthy Adaption for Our Kids
- June 21st – Breaking Down Barriers: Mindfulness & Gratitude
- June 28th – San Diego County Fair Housing Rights
For details, visit our Workshops page using the button below.
We’re Here to Help
For individualized assistance with resources or referrals, please contact our Family Resources Team via the contact form on our workshops page: