The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a site page up following the Newtown CT shootings with resources for first responders and mental health providers but should be used as well by parents everywhere especially if with young children and as an added tool to help with what their school districts are doing. Not only for the children but so the parents might better understand as well.
I was going to just add this to an open thread but the Time Magazine site posted something that also is related.
Initial intervention following community violence, such as the Newtown, CT school shooting, involves reducing initial distress and offering practical assistance. The resources below will help first responders and mental health providers learn skills in psychological first aid and other useful information about appropriate response to such events.Time reached way back into the archives of Sesame Street and posted this up with a related writeup:
Psychological First Aid: Important Resource Links Here>>>
Dec. 18, 2012 - In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., parents are struggling to find ways to talk to their kids about death and loss. That’s where Big Bird and friends can help. For four decades and counting, Sesame Street has ushered in fun and educational entertainment for kids — but they haven’t shied away from tough topics, too. Experts are advising parents to tell kids the truth about what happened — “in their language,” says Emanuel Maidenberg, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, recently interviewed by TIME’s Bonnie Rochman. read more>>>I hope some find these useful, the VA site page is loaded with resource links directed at the children but important for adults, especially now that PTS is finally a part of the reality of the world we live in and certainly not only related to the soldier of U.S. Wars nor the U.S. Veterans from!