Resources for Supporting Children Through Traumatic Events
Posted on 04/25/2024

In the aftermath of a traumatic event children often need extra support to cope with their emotions and fears. As parents and caregivers, it's crucial to know where to turn for assistance. Here are valuable resources that can help you provide the necessary care and support for children during challenging times:

  1. Local School District Resources:
    • Contact your local school district for resources they offer for mental health services. The Richland School District is offering mental health assistance resources specifically for students, aiming to support their mental well-being and provide access to professional help when needed.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - The 3 Rs of Trauma-Informed Care: Childhood Trauma: 3 Ways to Help Kids Cope - 3 Rs 13 Rs 2
    • This guide from the AAP outlines trauma-informed care principles, helping parents and caregivers understand how to support children who have experienced trauma effectively.
  3. Teen Link - Emotional Support for Teens: Home - Teen Link
    • Teen Link provides emotional support and resources specifically tailored to teenagers. Their services include peer support, crisis intervention, and referrals to local resources.
  4. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) - Helping Young Children Heal: After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (
    • NCTSN provides resources and guidance on helping young children heal after a crisis. Their materials include tips for parents and caregivers on supporting children's emotional recovery.
  5. American Psychological Association (APA) - Gun Violence and Its Aftermath: Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting (
    • The APA offers insights and resources related to gun violence and its aftermath, including guidance on talking to children about traumatic events and supporting their mental well-being.

These resources can be invaluable in navigating the complexities of supporting children's mental health during and after challenging times. Remember, reaching out for help and utilizing available resources is a crucial step in ensuring children's well-being and resilience.

Benton-Franklin Health District stands with our community during this difficult time, and we hope that everyone in need will be connected with the resources they require.