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Mental Health Update

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May 16, 2022
Mental Health Update

05/15/2022 – National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Resources in Response to the Buffalo Supermarket Hate Crime (5/15/22)

Resources in Response to the Buffalo Supermarket Hate Crime

The recent racially motivated hate crime at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo New York in which the perpetrator targeted a Black community and has expressed white supremacy and anti-Semitic leanings has evoked a range of emotions and concerns of safety across the United States. In response to this event, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope
together. These resources include:

Coping After Mass Violence

For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence 
En Español

Assisting Parents/Caregivers in Coping with Collective Traumas

Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
En Español

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators

Talking with Children about Hate Crimes and Anti-Semitism

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After Mass Violence

Talking to Children about Mass Violence

Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after Mass Violence

Psychological Impact of Mass Violence

Racial Injustices and Trauma: African Americans in the US: NCTSN Position Statement

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

En Español

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
En Español

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
En Español

The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Once I Was Very Very Scared
– children’s book for young children
Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing
En Español –

Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery 

The NCTSN also has resources for 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. PFA Handouts include:

Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers
En Español

Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers
En Español

Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children
En Español

Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents
En Español

Tips for Adults
En Español

From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center


(mobile app to assist with recovery after mass violence)
Rebuild your Community: Resources for Community Leaders

Media Guidelines for Homicide Family Survivors

Timeline of Activities to Promote Mental Health Recovery

Self-Help: Resources for Survivors

E-learning Courses: Trainings for Clinicians

Resources for Victim Assistance Professionals

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University

Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy

Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events

Coping with Stress Following a Mass Shooting

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.

Additional Resources

For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Brymer at

Matthew Canuteson
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
New York State Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Ave 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12229