Resources you can use to help teachers, parents and other community helpers deal with tragic events.

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Dec 18, 2012

In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, here are some resources that may be helpful for you to share with firefighters, EMTs, teachers, parents, grandparents, friends, community helpers, and other who work with children.
I found that several organizations have resources that can be helpful to anyone seeking to console or provide some process to deal with shock. After 9-11, the American Red Cross developed the award-winning curriculum titled "Facing Fear: Helping Children Cope with Terrorism and Tragic Events" K-12.”  It is free on the Canadian Red Cross website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted several articles on its mental health pages , including “Coping with a Traumatic Event,” “Self Care Tips for Dealing with Stress,” and “How Families Can Help Children Cope with Fear and Anxiety.” 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also assembled a collection of resources on their healthychildren.org home page.
Please let us know if you have found any other helpful resources. You can leave a comment with this blog or e-mail me at sgamache@nfpa.org .