Resources for Coping with War and Mass Violence

resources for coping with war and mass violence

As we all navigate seeing and hearing about current world events, specifically in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, we may need support managing anxiety, fear and feelings of uncertainty as the crisis escalates. Here we've compiled a list of resources to support mental health during this unprecedented time.

Upcoming Events

November 20: Talking with Children About War and Other Humanitarian Crises | Pacific Southwest MHTTC- Recording coming soon!

General Resources

2023 MHTTC Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute (GSVLI) | MHTTC Network

This two-day, no-cost, training experience for the mental health and school mental health workforce took place in early November 2023, in honor of Dia de Los Muertos and Children's Grief Awareness Month. Grief experts across the country came together to strengthen grief sensitivity skills, techniques, and interventions. Both days of the GSVLI were rich with faculty who offered grounding and foundations for grief sensitivity for the mental health or school mental health workforces and its intersection with violence. Day 1 of the event had a special focus on gender-based violence, institutional violence, community violence and grief, while Day 2 prioritized school violence and grief.

Behavioral Health Resources for Military Veterans | Northwest MHTTC

This resource webpage compiled by the Northwest MHTTC includes several resources supporting the behavioral  health of military veterans.

Behavioral Health Resources to Support Mass Violence Trauma Recovery New England MHTTC

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, it’s vital to remember that recovery and healing take time, compassion, and support. Recognizing that everyone affected by this tragedy will navigate grief and trauma uniquely, the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center offers specific behavioral health resources to support survivors, their loved ones, as well as the larger community.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Resources | MHTTC Network

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. This page includes resources developed by our Network and other national organizations on treating trauma and PTSD. 

Rising Practices & Policies in the Workforce 2022 Series, Session 2 Learning Summary: Mitigating Distress & Maximizing Supports for Refugees from War | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

In June of 2022, MHTTC's Region 9 convened leaders in the school and mental health workforce to share strategies for responding to clients and students who are refugees from current and previous wars. Highlights from the panelists and group discussion, along with resources shared, are presented in this document. 

Session 2 of Rising Practices & Policies Revisited - Uplifting Supports, Strengths, and Healing for Refugees from War | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

In this session, Region 9’s Technical Assistance Specialist, Oriana Ides, facilitated a panel that focused on trauma-informed and sensitive approaches to service for clients and students who are refugees from current and previous crises. The panel included speakers across the region who have lived experience with the impact of war and whose practices and policies reflect attunement to war-recovery needs.

For Children and Adolescents

How to Talk to Students about Trauma and Violence - Panel Presentation; HHS Region 8 | Mountain Plains MHTTC

In many schools, staff do not know how to respond to questions from their students about the uncertainty and violence they see, hear about, or experience; and they often struggle with their own emotions when these questions arise. This panel presentation addressed the impact of trauma on students as a mental and behavioral health concern and highlighted regional and national experts who address this topic daily.

Implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) During a Crisis Southeast MHTTC

Many schools are noticing a need for SEL supports this school year, as students across the country are coping with variety of natural disasters, community stressors and disruptions to routine at school, home and in the community. In this learning session, we detail the steps of assessing student SEL needs, identifying SEL Kernels to meet those needs, and implementing SEL Kernels.

Recognizing and Responding to Trauma in the Wake of Mass Violence | South Southwest MHTTC

This resource is a list of evidence-based and best practice interventions utilized in training and consultation opportunities the South Southwest MHTTC provides to address the trauma needs of individuals impacted by incidents of mass violence. This list may be best understood as a sampling of interventions that are best employed simultaneously, as part of an over-arching community response that can set communities on a path toward resilience.

Supporting Students and Staff in the Aftermath of Crisis and Loss Pacific Southwest MHTTC and MHTTC Network Coordinating Office

Major events have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, academic achievement, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of students. This workshop helps school professionals learn basic skills in how to talk with and support individual students or the entire class/school as they struggle to understand and cope with a crisis or loss in their lives.

Resources from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Strengthening Military Families to Support Children’s Well-Being

Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Children about War

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Psychological First Aid for Displaced Children and Families

Coping in Hard Times:

Helping Children with Traumatic Grief:

Additional Resources

Helplines and Support


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