Resources For Families, Caregivers & Children after Loss/Violence

American Psychological Association (APA)

·         Has tips for managing your own distress following a mass shooting


Common Sense Media 

·         Suggestions on how to talk to kids about school shootings in a way that’s age appropriate and helps them feel safe again


Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families

·         Offers support, resources and connection before and after a death. The website includes information for kids, teens, young adults, parents, caregivers and those supporting the grieving person. Additionally, the website includes a data base of grief support centers across the United States


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

·         Provides resources for parents and educators to talk with children about violence


National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    • Psychological First Aid for Schools – Field Operations Guide gives school administrators, educators, and staff practical assistance to meet immediate needs and concerns, reduce distress, and foster adaptive coping in the wake of a disaster. The manual includes in-depth information about each of the eight core actions and accompanying handouts for administrators, school staff, educators, students, and parents and caregivers.


National Parent Helpline 

·         1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) to get emotional support from a trained Advocate. They are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Sesame Street in Communities: Community & Gun Violence

·         For children and families directly affected by violence in their own neighborhoods

Sesame Street in Communities: Helping Kids Grieve

·         Coping with the death of loved one brings enormous challenges for the whole family


Very Well Family

·         Provides open-ended questions to discuss school shootings with your child


Local General Mental Health Support Resources:

  • The Finger Lakes Mobile Crisis # which is 315-462-1080
  • The Finger Lakes 2-1-1 program:
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • University of Rochester/Monroe County Mobile Crisis # 585-529-3721
  • Wayne County Regional Open Access Center # 833-WAYNE-CO or 833-929-6326
  • Aspire Hope, Inc They offer peer support for teens and parents