Your patients may have questions after witnessing media coverage of the events that are unfolding in Ukraine. Additionally, military families may be experiencing increased stress during this time.
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. While it is difficult to prevent children from experiencing these events indirectly through television and online media, limiting this exposure 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).