Supporting Children and Families Following the Mass Violence in Baltimore

In the wake of the mass shooting that occurred locally in Baltimore, your patients and families may be experiencing emotional distress and may have questions about the violence.


Following any upsetting or traumatic event, parents and caregivers may struggle with how to best support and reassure their children while also managing their own emotions. Limiting indirect exposure to these events through television and online media will be helpful for the mental health of children. Feelings of anxiety and sadness, or changes in sleep and appetite are some of the reactions that children may experience. 


Listed below are a number of resources related to helping children and families discuss and cope with traumatic events. As always, BHIPP is here to support you in addressing these concerns, the warmline remains open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday at 855-MD-BHIPP (632-4477)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

Talking to Children About the Shooting 

Talking to Children When Scary Things Happen 

Coping After Mass Violence 

For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence 

Age-related Reactions to a Traumatic Event 

Psychological Impact of Mass Violence 

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After Mass Violence 

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers 

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers 

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers 


American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Children 

Talking to Children About Tragedies and Other News Events 


Sesame Street in Communities 

Community & Gun Violence 

Traumatic Experiences 


Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories

National Public Radio (NPR) 

How Gun Violence Affects American Children 

What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary 

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