Disclosure :: This post is brought to you by our sponsors at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Though this is a sponsored post, we recognize that children’s mental health is a HUGE topic in New Orleans and across the nation right now. As we have yet another tragedy to process we are grateful to have sponsors who can share these amazing resources and tools for local families.
Resources for Families Following the Tragedy in Uvalde
Following the tragic shooting that occurred yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, parents, caregivers, teachers, and school professionals may have questions and concerns about how to address children’s reactions to this devastating tragedy.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans is here to serve as a resource for families through this unthinkable, and incredibly challenging times such as these. Below please find resources that can provide guidance and support, along with information about the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center at Children’s Hospital, available as a resource for our school communities.
The TAG Center provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for children and adolescents, ages 8 to 18, who have experienced any form of trauma, including ongoing community violence. Using state-of-the-art screening tools, the TAG Center ensures that youth receive the most appropriate and effective treatments. Learn more about our services and how to make an appointment HERE.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (En Español)
- Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen (En Español)
- Talking to Teens about Violence (En Español)
- Tips for Talking to Students about Violence
- Coping After Mass Violence: For Adults
- For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence(En Español)
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Guiding Adults in Talking to Children about Death and Attending Services
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Once I Was Very Very Scared – children’s book for young children
- After the Injury—website for families with injured children
- Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children
- Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing (En Español) (for responders)
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.
Orleans, St Bernard, Plaquemines Parish:
Metropolitan Crisis Response Team
JPSHA Mobile Crisis Line
These services offer telephone and face-to-face triage, assessment, and intervention for persons experiencing mental health crisis and are local to our area.