Welcome and thank you for stopping by my blog. Usually, you will find me in a happy, uplifting and cheerful mood. I apologize that this post isn't one of those types.. The professional in me has kicked in! Thanks for putting up with me!
As I sit here today and begin to process what has happened this past twenty four hours, I am overwhelmed by the situation that has happened in the community of Sandy Hook Elementary. I cannot begin to even imagine the grief and loss this community is facing. My thoughts and prayers are with the parents, students, staff and community affected by such a horrible tragedy.
As a school social worker, I realize the deep implications of my job and the responsibility to uphold crisis response and safety planning for our school district. As this situation unfolds, I am hoping permanent change will occur to prevent another incident. As a nation, we need to begin to address mental health problems in a more preventive way. As a mental health professional, I understand how the system does not always provide the preventive measures that are warranted. I will also say that we cannot blame this or other incidents on the mental health community. Each of us has our own freedom in this country. While you and I may decide to seek treatment if necessary, others may choose not too.
I urge you as parents to always love on your children. Before they leave that door whether in a panick, mad or sleepy, give them a hug and reassure them of your love for them. As Christmas time is here, I am reminded of the one who truly loves us.
My heart goes out to the community of Sandy Hook Elementary and the families affected by this deep tragedy.
I thought it may be important to share a few resources with you in regards to response for traumatic events and mental health resources. If you know someone who is struggling, please do not be afraid to talk with them and partner with them as a team to get them the right type of treatment. Our world is full of stress, negativity and violence, people need resources, people need one another and people need to know someone cares for them.
Here is some information and resources for any families:
Children's Reactions Towards Trauma from National Mental Health and Education Center (NASP)
Helping Kids During a Crisis from American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Disaster Trauma Responses of Children from American Counseling Association (ACA)
Emergency Management Resources and Emergency Planning Links from Center for Safe Schools
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Conn. Shooting from National Public Radio (NPR)
Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety from Mental Health America (MHA)
Helping Traumatized Children Learn- PDF doc. from Harvard Law School