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Mental Health Update

May 27, 2022
Mental Health Update

05/27/2022- Resources Available to Children, Families and Educators In the Wake of the Recent Violence and Tragedies in Buffalo and Texas

Very powerful messaging and resources from MHANYS Director of the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center, Brandon Beachamp and our team dedicated to working with schools.


The following resources are offered as a starting point to attend and respond to the emotional and mental health needs of children and young adults in the wake of violence and tragedy. While we know that these resources do little to ease the pain, fear and sadness that we all are experiencing, they offer ways to support and engage with our children, schools and communities in these difficult and uncertain moments. Beyond all of these, and other resources, it is important for all of our children to know that they are loved and that we are here for them even when the  adults might not have all of the answers. Should you want more information about how to address the mental health needs of students, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Specific to Gun Violence:

National Association of School Psychologists:
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Child Mind Institute:
Multi Lingual Trauma Resources
Back to School After a Tragedy

American School Counselors Association:
Helping Students After a School Shooting

American Psychological Association:
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

National Center for School Mental Health:
Supporting Students, Staff, Families, and Communities Impacted by Violence

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
School Shooting Resources
Parent Guidelines

Center for Resilience and Well-Being in Schools
Talking to Children When Scary Things Happen

Safe and Sound Schools
Supporting Recovery Resource Toolkit
Planning and Preparedness Resource Toolkit

Upcoming Trainings:

Just in Time Training on Responding to Mass Violence

Vibrant Emotional Health’s Crisis Emotional Care Team will be standing up a Just in Time training on Tuesday, May 31st from 2:00PM EDT to 3:00PM EDT for any behavioral health provider offering support to victims of incidents of mass violence. Dr. April Naturale will lead the training and we will be offering the training in English and Spanish.

Crisis Information:

NY HOPELine  The HOPEline number is 1-877-846-7369. You can also TEXT *467369 *to receive the same confidential services 24/7

NYS Office of Mental Health Crisis Prevention – Crisis Text Line – TEXT *GOT5 *to *741741 *for anonymous 24 hour text line support

SMHRTC Resources:

Family Education Webinar Series (free archived webinars and resources)

-Related to topic: Grief and Loss: Helping Youth Heal, Trauma 101 for Families and Caregivers, Coping with a Crisis (english and spanish), Uplifting Black Joy, Using Positive Psych to Manage Stress in Children, Becoming a Resilient Family, Managing Stress with a Wellness Mindset

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