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Sandy Hook

Mental Health Resources for Families, Professionals and Educators

In response to the tragic events in Newtown, CT, MSPP has collected the following links to resources that may assist mental health professionals and educators as they care for the schools and communities they serve:

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

  • Responsible media coverage of crisis events impacting children
  • Coping with crisis and school/community violence (handout available in multiple languages; PowerPoint also available)
  • Care for caregivers • Reinforcing school safety
  • Coping with crisis: Helping children with special needs
  • Additional school crisis and safety resources by topic, including trauma, bullying, and cultural considerations

MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service

  • Resource and Referral
  • Mental Health Topics/Resources (Grief and Loss, Trauma and Resiliency, and more)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):

  • Talking to children about the shooting
  • Psychological impact of the shooting
  • Tips for parents on media coverage
  • Resources for parents, including parents of preschool-aged children
  • Providing psychological first aid

American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Reacting to the shooting: Managing your distress, children’s distress
  • Building resilience

Child Witness to Violence Program, Boston Medical Center

  • Routinely works with children who have seen both street violence and domestic violence.
  • Includes information on talking to children of all ages about the shooting.

SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

  • Access to Immediate Crisis Counseling. Confidential and free.
Updated 1/8/13

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