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Resources to Help Cope After A School Tragedy

Publication Date: Dec 03, 2021

The MHTTC Network offers training series and Communities of Practiced focused on helping individuals, schools, and communities cope with grief and loss.  Coming up in 2022:

Additional Resources

The SAMHSA and MHTTC resources listed below offer tools and information for school mental health professionals and others helping their communities respond. 

SAMHSA Press Release: The Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects of the shooting in Oxford, MI.

MHTTC Network: After a School Tragedy

This resource, developed by a workgroup across the MHTTC Network, is designed to help schools better support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma.

Beyond "Sorry for Your Loss": Supporting Students in Their Grief Recovery Part 1

This session is designed to provide a better understanding of grief and loss in students and to explore interventions that educators can use to support grief recovery. 

Beyond "Sorry for Your Loss;" Supporting Students on Their Grief Journey Part 2

As an extension to Part 1, focuses on ways to communicate empathy and support students’ grief journey inaction. The session introduces therapeutic activities that support students in establishing a sense of safety, dealing with emotions, making sense of the loss, and living with the loss beyond the loss. 

After A School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, and Resources

This resource is designed to help schools support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma. It provides strategies to assist schools with readiness, response, and recovery to help a school community support resilience in the event of a tragedy. 

NCSMH Supporting Students, Staff, Families, and Communities Impacted by Violence

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine compiled the following list of websites and free resources to help support youth, families, schools, and communities impacted by violence. 

NCTSN Coping After Mass Violence

From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network this fact sheet provides common reactions children and families may be experiencing after a mass violence event, as well as what they can do to take care of themselves. 

NCTSN Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

Traumatic events such as a natural disaster; school violence; accidents; traumatic death of an educator or peer can impact students’ learning, behavior, and relationships. Here are some reactions you might see and how you can help. 

NCSCB Talking to Kids about Tragedies

From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, this guide offers insight and suggestions for how to handle talking to children in relation to tragic events, such as shootings and terrorist attacks, that they are likely to hear about at school and/or on the news. 

PSW MHTTC School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons

The "School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons" guide provides an overview of the crisis continuum; explores the intersection between school crises and school mental health leadership; and examines each component of the school crisis continuum (readiness, response, recovery, and renewal) by learning from voices of experience from the field.