In the wake of the tragic shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio, SAMHSA is offering support to the victims, families, and all impacted by this sad event. Coping with violence and trauma is challenging for everyone. Even if you are not directly affected, it may bring up some past experience of loss or trauma. Everyone responds to news like this differently – some people have an immediate response and for others it may take some time. It is important to keep the lines of communication open with family, friends, teachers, and other sources of support and comfort. It’s also important to make sure that the needs of children are being met. If you or someone you are close to are experiencing distress and need someone to talk to immediately, please call the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) via phone 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746. The helpline is dedicated to providing disaster/trauma crisis counseling, operates 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week and is free and confidential. If you or someone you are close to are having a difficult time or want to know how to help someone that you care about, visit the following links for information that might be helpful www.samhsa.gov/trauma. Resources include tips for emergency responders, students, schools, adults, and families.
More information at: http://blog.samhsa.gov/2012/02/29/copingwithtragedy/
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