Responding to and Coping with Tragedies: Resources

This past week my thoughts and heart have been on the Newtown, Connecticut community, as well as the all-too-many communities who have experienced tremendous loss and trauma from violence committed with firearms over the years. I am also recalling my years as a school psychologist in Oregon and my work at a high school that had experienced a similar tragedy just one year prior to my start. It is impossible to completely make sense of these events. But it is possible to support one another and move forward while living with tremendous loss.

Over the past few days, several written resources have caught my eye. These are applicable to parents, children, schools, and community members in general. Check back for any updates to the links and this resource page over the coming weeks.

From the American Psychological Association:

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

From the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence:

From the National Association of School Psychologists:

  • A position statement released on 12/18/12 indicating such violence is the result of complex factors and cannot be attributed to an autism diagnosis, nor any behavioral or learning difficulties in general.
  • A Call for Comprehensive School Safety Policies. This statement outlines areas in which NASP calls President Obama and Congress to initiate and adopt legislation that would: increase access to mental health care, improve safety and support in schools, identify individuals at risk for harming self and others and providing interventions, reduce the stigma often associated with mental health problems, limit children’s exposure to media having violent content, and review weapons policies.

From the New York Times:

  • A New York Times article on individuals recovering from similar trauma they experienced in childhood.