Resilience in Times of Stress
Resources to deal with the stress and pain triggered by recent violent events:
Violent events like mass shootings can be triggering on many levels. There are good resources available on how to cope when you are feeling trauma-related fear and anxiety about recent shootings, and understanding more about the impact of adverse and positive childhood experiences.
Great Pointers For Talking to Children
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Publications:
The following bulletins are included on the Home, Family and Youth page of UMaine Extension’s Publications site. A downloadable PDF, or option to print directly from the page, is available with each bulletin.
- ACEs Too High News (ACEs=Adverse Childhood Experiences)
- To prevent mass shootings, don’t bother with motive; do a forensic ACEs investigation (ACEs Too High News), May 18, 2022, By Jane Ellen Stevens.
- Follow on Facebook: ACEsTooHigh
- How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings (Child Mind Institute)
- Resources for Helping Youth Cope after a Mass Shooting (Youth.gov) — Many resources on this listing are available in Spanish and other languages.
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists, NASP) – a downloadable print version of this list is available on this site as well.
- Talking to youth about violence (University of Minnesota Extension)
- Trauma and Gun Violence (Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund)
Leaning on Others in Times of Great Stress is Important
Stay connected, reach out. Don’t isolate yourself from the pain you may be experiencing. If you reach out, others will listen. A friend, colleague, or hotline.
- The Maine Resilience Building Network has a Mattering Resources initiative currently in action that speaks to the importance of mattering. In times of stress and trauma, knowing that you matter makes a difference in feeling connected and can ease feelings of isolation.
Video: How to Talk to Children When Bad Things Happen (YouTube)
University of Maine Cooperative Extension explains how to talk to kids during a traumatic event.