Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and community impacted by the recent tragedy in Connecticut.
SLV Mental Health is here to support community members who may be struggling.
Tips for Parents to Help Children Cope
Talk it out with your kids. Make an offer to talk, but don't push or press your child to talk. If the child shuts down, do some general speculation about how they might be feeling. Respect the child's timeline but let them know you're available.
Limit exposure to media. It is important to limit your TV viewing about this event, and to do what you can to shield your children from too much exposure to the images of the day. Monitor their use of social media.
Stay active. It's important for them to get active doing something, whether it's going outside and playing, drawing. Some level of distracting activity can be really helpful
Observe their behavior. Some kids may be very emotional. Often you'll see kids regress a little bit at a time. Kids are going to react with a lot of emotion and fear and that's a normal reaction to horrendous circumstances. When it goes on beyond a few weeks, that's when it's time to consult with a counselor.
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