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Sandy Hook Recovery

In the Spotlight
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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of America’s 2,800 local health departments, extends its deepest sympathies to those affected by the school shooting in Newtown, CT and joins families and communities across the country who are coping with the shock of this traumatic event.

Local health departments prepare communities for disasters and respond when emergencies occur. They also work closely with community partners such as school boards, school nurses and psychologists, mental health professionals, and social workers to recover from a crisis and to prevent future tragedies from occurring. Below are some resources to share with community partners and families to aid in their recovery.

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Resources for Children

University of Connecticut Health Center
Talking with Children about the School Shooting

American Psychiatric Association
Tips for Talking to Children about the Connecticut School Shooting

American Psychiatric Association
Talking to Children about Disasters

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Catastrophic Mass Violence Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Tips for Talking with Children

National Institute of Mental Health
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do

American School Counselor Association
Helping Kids during a Crisis

National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

American Psychological Association
Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

American Psychological Association
Talking to your Children about the Recent Spate of School Shootings 

Sesame Workshop
Here for Each Other—Helping Families after an Emergency

National Education Association Health Information Network
School Crisis Guide

National Education Association Health Information Network
Long-term Mental Health Needs

California Emergency Management Agency
School Safety
School Violence and the News
Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: a Guide for Parents and Professionals 

General Traumatic Event Resources

NACCHO''s Advanced Practice Centers
Strengthening the Strengtheners: A Toolkit in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for Congregations 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Coping after Traumatic Events

US Department of Veterans Affairs
Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster

National Library of Medicine, "Coping with Disasters"

For healthcare providers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coping With a Traumatic Event: Information for the Health Professionals

For religious leaders

National Disaster Interfaiths Network
Disaster Tips Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders

For emergency workers

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, "Traumatic Incident Stress"