Resources to help adults and kids deal with tragedy

by Robyn Wright on December 14, 2012

in Living

(added after original post went up)

This is what I do in situations like this. I try to be helpful as much as I can in ways that I know how. For today with this shooting, that means that I have tried to find some resources to help parents help their children who have heard/read/seen about the school shooting today and resources just for everyone in general. My mind has raced back to other tragic events like this all day. It is sending up lots of triggers of stress and anxiety for me. I just talked to Hubby who is feeling the same. My son (18) is not home – but I know he will be triggered by today’s events as well. For us, luckily we have had lots of therapy over other things that does help us cope with the feelings we have a bit more than some others – but it is hard for everyone.

Please be mindful that everyone deals with tragedy in different ways. You may feel strongly that someone else should or should not be doing what they are whether it be working, joking, crying, screaming, writing, shopping, or whatever. Most likely they are trying to do something that feels comforting to them – that comfort helps ease our pain, frustration and anxiety. Do your best to hold your tongue about how others react. Instead, spend that energy on sending positive thoughts or prayers to the families in Connecticut directly impacted by today’s events. Think of ways you can contribute to the peace our entire world needs. Hug your family. Hug your friends. Smile at others. Be compassionate. Be loving. Be Peaceful.


(original post and updated resources below)

After the shocking news about the school shooting in Connecticut this morning I thought some resources might be helpful. On the American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry site they have some items that you might want to take a look at if your kids have seen or heard about this tragedy today. To often we think kids do not really know what is happening, but they are aware of a lot and without our help sometimes they come to some really scary conclusions. I hope you find this helpful.



UPDATE: Here is another resource about media coverage of tragic events as it relates to adults and children and suggestions. This from the National Center for PTSD

UPDATE: Distress Helpline is available to help you 24/7 deal with stress of disaster and tragedy.

UPDATE: Here is a blog post from Leticia aka Tech Savvy Mama who offers advice in talking to kids. She has first hand experience as she was teaching first grade when the tragic Columbine school shooting occurred and she had to help her students cope.


Sending positive and peaceful thoughts our for everyone.

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 Margie December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Thanks for the very helpful information. Our thoughts are with all those families affected by this tragedy.

2 angie December 15, 2012 at 5:38 am

Thank you for this and for being aware that we all grief/react in different ways and no one way is the right way!

3 Robin O December 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

Such a heartbreaking situation. Thank you for posting the resources. I did not know about Distress Helpline.

4 Ravzie December 15, 2012 at 6:33 am

It is such a shame that we need such resources. This situation and all of these events are just unbelieveable! Thank you for the information.

5 nannypanpan December 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm

heartbroken that this could happen to such young innocent children

6 Katherine December 16, 2012 at 3:41 am

Thanks for the resources I pray each family has someone come alongside them and help them thru this horrific event~

7 Kecia December 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

This is a wonderful post. I agree that we all deal with tragedy differently, but this post is full of resources that should be able to help all.

8 Ashley December 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

My family is praying for these families. Thank you for the resources.

9 Jane December 22, 2012 at 6:00 am

Knowledge is the power to begin to help the healing process. This info is what our world needed.

10 ria January 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thanks for posting these great resources

11 Wendy T January 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Interesting timing for me to be reading your post, on this day when they begin again. My thoughts have been with the students, staff and parents as school starts today.

I just can’t imagine….but I don’t think I could have sent my child back today, due to my own PTSD.

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