Coping in times of crisis
Here are some resources for educators, parents and caregivers to help children cope during times of uncertainty and crisis.
NEA Health Information Network’s school crisis guide
The HIN guide contains information about long-term needs and mental health, among other subjects.
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
Tips from the National Association of School Psychologists for parents and educators.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Basics
A collection of information compiled by the NEA HIN from the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News: Timeless wisdom from Fred Rogers for parents, caregivers and teachers
Advice compiled by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media
Coping with Violence: Online Resources from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Online resources for those working with young children about coping with violence and talking to young children about tragedies they learn about in the media.
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Finally, the NEA Health Information Network provides the following advice for recovery:
Rest: It’s human nature to want to be all things to all people in the aftermath of a crisis but what’s recommended is making sure that folks get regular rest periods. This includes making sure people remember to sleep.
Buddy System: Pairing people with a buddy can facilitate normal talk and support while helping combat overwork and/or internalizing worries, fantasies, and concerns.
Water and Food: Often, caregivers can “forget” to take care of themselves. Not eating or drinking can cause people to “burn out.” Remind folks that they can’t take care of anyone else until they’ve taken care of themselves.
Listen: Engage people in conversation of their choosing – getting people to talk is an important first step, and it does not have to involve their feelings or the incident in initial conversations. Talking about the events of usual life is part of health, and being an outlet – offering a shoulder to lean on – can be a real difference-maker.
Smile: It really helps.