Grief, Loss and Trauma Resources

Traumatic Event Resources for Schools and Families

  • Grief and Loss can cover a number of traumatic events including; significant illness, death, deployment, deportation, incarceration, separation/divorce, trauma/grief, community crisis. The pandemic era's unfathomable number of deaths, pervasive sense of fear, economic instability, and forced physical distancing from loved ones, and communities have exacerbated the unprecedented stresses young people already faced.  As of June 2021, more than 140,000 children in the US had lost a parent or grandparent caregiver to COVID-19.

    The American Psychological Association offers tips on how to talk with your child about difficult topics.

    This is a hyperlinked listing of resources that you can use to support students in distress.

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

  • Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

  • Listing of Online Grief Resources- hyperlinked document

    New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Counselors - Call 1-800-273- TALK or text GOT5 to 741741.
    • Are you struggling in the midst of COVID-19? Crisis counselors are still just a phone call or text away.

    National Suicide & CRISIS Hotline – 988
    • If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

    SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)/ 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
    • Free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Utilize the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.

Responding to Traumatic Events

  • When tragedies occur, we are often at a loss as to how to cope with such incomprehensible news, and also how to discuss such a tragedy with others, especially our precious children. Our focus also pivots to what steps we should be taking to keep all within our school communities safe and protected.

    Click here for resources for help with traumatic event support.

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