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School Shooting:Children's Mental Health Resources

Posted on 02/16/2018 at 09:59 AM by MaryAnn Strawhacker

Dear School Nurses

Tragedies like the one that occurred in Florida this week  affect us all by eroding our sense of safety and security. This is especially true for the children and youth we serve daily. Mental health needs rise to the national spotlight and provide for us an opportunity to act both within our schools and through legislative advocacy. Below are some resources that address the real and ever increasing mental health needs of our students.

<Reach Out.com> is an online site from Australia that promotes the mental health of students. I provided a line to their coping apps and tools that are free for students to download on their smart phone. It also offers classroom materials and resources for parents.

<National Suicide Prevention Hotline> The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals.

<Kids Mental Health Info.com> A site based out of Connecticut it helps parents and professionals identify how mental health affects school performance. The site also contains resources to address childhood trauma and infant/early childhood mental health.

<Coalition to Support Grieving Students> Resources to support students and staff.

<Talking to children about disaster> This line provides practical information to parents, helping them to address this difficult topic.

Best,
MaryAnn

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