Please see the below list of resources for our community to reference as we have the difficult but necessary discussions with our children about violence and loss.
Online Resource Information
Talking to Children About the School Shootings - Resources developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together
Talking to Children When Scary Things Happen &
Talking to Teens About Violence - Both of these support educators in facilitating discussions when crisis occurs
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News- Developed to assist adults in engaging in
conversations with students around topics that may instill a sense of fear
Below are resources available for students or parents seeking additional assistance for social, emotional, or mental health needs:
• Children’s System of Care: Call this number to find out about services for children and teens with emotional and behavioral health care challenges – (877) 652-7624
• Crisis Text Line: Connect with a crisis counselor to help defuse a “hot” moment or crisis—Text “HOME” to 741741
• NJ Hopeline: (855) 654-6735 -Through the hotline, chat, email, and text services, the goal at the New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline is to lessen the amount of distress you are currently experiencing and work collaboratively with you to develop a resolution to whatever stressors prompted you to contact the Hopeline.
• 2nd Floor: (888) 222-2228 – 2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults.
• Traumatic Loss Coalition: The TLC provides support to communities affected by traumatic events such as homicide, illness and suicide.