Talking About Violence

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)

After the horrific violence of May 31, we thank our law enforcement and first responder communities, as well as our medical colleagues, for their heroic efforts. Our hearts and prayers are with all of those affected.

As we work together to heal from Friday’s tragic violence, please remember to seek support from friends, family and professionals at this difficult time. We recommend the following resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and American Psychological Association  to help parents and educators talk with children and teens after a mass shooting. In addition, our mental health team will be available for families directly affected by this tragedy. Please call (757) 668-7525.

Resources for Parents

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting

Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

The Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting

Talking to Children about the Shooting

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

Resources for Educators

Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

Resources for Responders 

Psychological First Aid

Disaster Helpline

If you're in need of additional support, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746.


(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)