Resources for Disaster Recovery

It is with heavy heart that we again share information and materials to assist students and staff as they process a deadly school shooting. We mourn for the youth and for their families, friends, and communities who will forever be impacted by this tragedy. We must not become immune to the heart-wrenching violence, but instead become more vigilant in creating safe, caring, and inclusive communities as well as in identifying and assisting students who are in need of support. We remain committed to helping schools establish positive climates that support students and provide the opportunity for them to thrive.

Emotional distress can happen before and after a crisis. Anniversaries and similar events can bring back painful memories. Creating a space and providing support to experience grief is crucial. Below are some resources collected to help students, staff, and school communities process the difficult emotions that that arise after a school shooting.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: School Shooting Resources
The NCTSN has a host of resources available to school staff, students, and families that provide guidance on how to support your own mental health as well as those around you.
After a School Tragedy…Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources
This resource, developed by a workgroup across the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network, is designed to help schools better support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma.
School Crisis Guide
This resource guide was developed by the National Education Association to provide a step-by-step outline of what to do before, during, and after any school or community crisis including targeted violence or an extreme weather event.
Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters
This list of resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) focuses on coping strategies that include preparation, self-care, and identifying support systems.
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