Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families affected by this unspeakable tragedy.

Connecticut is utilizing every available resource to provide support to those families. Specifically, a family resource center at Reed Middle School in Newtown has been activated. That facility will serve as a hub to coordinate all state support efforts in the coming days and weeks. That support includes counseling and crisis response professionals from numerous state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Education, and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Those agencies are already working in coordination with officials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, officials from other states that have graciously offered assistance, the Red Cross, and finally with representatives from the larger health care community that have volunteered their help.

In addition, for children, who are still coming to terms with the world, experiences like these can be even more inexplicable and distressing. For tips on addressing this tragedy with your child or loved one, please find the documents from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network below.

 

After the Shooting: Helping Young Children Heal

Tips for parents with preschool children

Tips for parents with schoolage children