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Responding to the Sandy Hook school tragedy

14 December 2012 5 Comments

The headlines coming out of Connecticut are heartbreaking and our thoughts are with those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Questions are many at a time like this.

 How can we cope with the tragedy?  How can we speak about the events with young children? What can health professionals or emergency responders do at these times? How can we make our schools even safer? What other resources are available?

In response, we’ve set up a website with information and resources titled “SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events.”

You can find our helpline, links to tips for talking to children, and guidance for specific groups at the website.

Please share these valuable resources with your community.



  • Emilio Munoz I Marketing On line said:

    Mood for all concerned! A great job of the people of SAMHSA

  • Brenda said:

    Hi I was trying to make a donation to SAMHSA or NCTSN in light of the recent tragedies as it seems these two organizations can help so much with the trauma aspects. I cannot find a place to donate. please advise or suggest an alternative. thank you!!

  • Tali said:

    I am a child psychologist practicing in Ontario, Canada. I was shocked by Sandy Hook tragedy and really glad that you setup the website “SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events.” It has a lot of great links and psychological resources and could be of use for my clients. I am going to add the link to this website, so that people can easily find this information.


  • Ocarinas said:

    I actually know someone who lives near the school. From what I’m told, that day felt like a natural disaster was hitting the town. There was this feeling of uncertainty and a sense of an imminent danger, and all you could do was wait and endure it until it was over. Much like a storm.

    I wasn’t there, but I can imagine it. Following it on television felt a lot like following the big Japanese tsunami, even though the latter was such a large and visual thing, while the events at the school were local and didn’t give much away of what was going on.

    It fascinates me how similar these things feel.

  • spectrum analyzer said:

    A great job.

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