• SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline offers immediate crisis counseling. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
• National Education Association Health Information Network: School Crisis Guide
• The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This network is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and comprises more than 50 centers nationwide that provide treatment and services to traumatized children and their families
o Trauma Types: Terrorism
o Talking to Children about the Shooting
o Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting
o Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
o Tip Sheet for Youth Talking to Journalists
• Education Week: Teacher-Led Networks Turn Educators Into First Responders
• The American Counseling Association: Disaster and Trauma Responses of Children
• SAMHSA: Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
A varierty of tip sheets/PDFs (Tips for Talking with Children are provided in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese)
• TLC (Trauma and Loss in Children): Information about Helping Children and Teenagers dealing with Trauma
• National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: Information for Schools and Communities Facing a Crisis
• National Bereavement Guide: A National Listing of Where to Get Help
• Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff: Guidelines from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement designed to help school administrators, teachers and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has affected the school environment.
• Parent Guide: The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, and the Los Angeles Unified School District have partnered to develop a booklet providing practical advice on how parents can support grieving children and provide psychological first aid.
• Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
Developed by the U.S. Department of Education, this publication helps schools understand the components of crisis planning and the crisis preparedness process and provides examples of best practices.
• School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis
This guide, published by the National Education Association Health Information Network incorporates lessons learned from Virgnia Tech, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and other tragic events. It provides guidance about preparing for, managing during and recovering from a wide variety of crises.
• Scared or Prepared: Coping With the Sudden Death of a Student
A crisis handbook for schools and students dealing with death and grief. The development of this report comes from a belief that schools are a community of people who care for one another.
• Mental Health America: Helping Children Cope With Tragedy Related to Anxiety.
• The National Association of School Psychologists offers a lot of great information, including handouts on dealing with death in school, helping children through crises, and how to talk to children about violence (this last one available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese).
• Video: Students & Grief – How to Deal With Loss in School: Through the generosity of the New York Life Foundation, Scholastic hosted a live, interactive webcast on the subject of Children and Grief. Using actual scenarios from children and parents, childhood grief expert, pediatrician, and author Dr. David Schonfeld, MD, and Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation, talked about misconceptions, and imparted valuable advice on how educators and all other caring adults can best support grieving children—whether it’s right after the loss or years later.
• Pediatric Symptom Checklist
A checklist for screening children and teens for a variety of mental health problems in a primary care setting. A youth self-report checklist also available for patients over age 11 years. Also available in multiple languages here.
• Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC)
This toolkit was created to help primary care providers decide whether and how to implement the Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) into their practice. It was designed to be user-friendly and applicable to real-world primary care practices.
• Depression Management Tool Kit
This toolkit is intended to help primary care clinicians recognize and manage depression.
• Massachusetts Primary Care Behavioral Health Screening Toolkit
Provides mental health guidelines and screening tools for use in a pediatric primary care setting including the PSC (Pediatrics Symptoms Checklist), SDQ (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) and PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire for depression)
• Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale
This scale was developed to assess severity of anxiety symptoms and to identify children at risk of developing anxiety symptoms
• Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Primary Care: A Clinician’s Toolkit
Includes screening and assessment instruments, management advice and billing and coding aids
A toolkit for schools
This toolkit was designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. It is meant to serve as a practical resource for schools facing real-time crises to help them determine what to do, when, and how. The toolkit reflects consensus recommendations developed in consultation with adiverse group of national experts, including school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It incorporatesrelevant existing material and research findings as well as references, templates, and links to additional information and assistance.