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Responding to the Tragedy in Uvalde

Publication Date: May 26, 2022

The impact of the recent school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde CISD is being felt nationwide and across our state. Texas educators, family members, students, and community members are heartbroken for the Uvalde community. Our thoughts are with the families impacted by this tragedy.

As we all mourn the lives lost in Uvalde, the need for ongoing grief and trauma supports throughout the state and the south Texas region is recognized. The following resources have been developed to support adults in talking with children in age-appropriate ways about the school shooting, supporting children in their coping, and understanding some of the ways in which children may respond to the trauma.

 

For Youth:

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish

 

 

For Parents and Families:

Resources in English

 

Resources in Spanish

 

For Educators and Other Professionals:

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish

 

Psychological First Aid

The NCTSN also has resources for educators and other responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center.

Additional PFA resources for schools include:

 

Disaster Helpline

SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7/365) - call 1-800-273-8255 (for Spanish, 1-888-628-9454) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Crisis Text Line – text TX to 741-741 (now have Spanish resources and can connect via WhatsApp) https://www.crisistextline.org/