While school shootings are rare, schools can and should be prepared to support students, staff, and families to recover from trauma related to school shootings, suicide, other acts of violence, and tragedies. Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is facing another wave of painful challenges after the recent death by suicide of two student survivors of the school shooting that resulted in 17 student and teacher deaths on March 14th, 2018. This is just one example of the wide-ranging impact that these types of unfortunate events have on the school community – an impact that extends far beyond the events of the day.
After a School Tragedy…Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources is a resource developed by the MHTTC Network designed to help schools better support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma.
We provide strategies to assist schools with readiness, response, and recovery to help a school community support resilience in the event of a tragedy. We offer places to turn for more resources. We discuss terminology and concepts related to suicide and grief. Finally, we highlight the importance of providing culturally responsive services, with example cultural considerations for schools to help Hispanic/Latino students struggling with grief and trauma.
To access this resource, please visit our Products and Resources Catalog on the MHTTC website here.
Below we have listed additional relevant MHTTC resources and upcoming events:
Suicide Prevention Addendum | Pacific Southwest MHTTC
This addendum provides referral resources for school personnel in the Pacific Southwest region. Many schools integrate universal screening for depression but lack the ability to refer students to mental health services. Resources focus on crisis intervention services that can meet immediate student needs. Where possible, state- and island-specific resources are included. Many of these organizations can also link students in crisis to no-cost or low-cost counseling services.
Support Resources After a School Shooting or Suicide | Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Visit the link for resources and learning sessions about how to navigate the intersections of school violence, trauma, and suicide.
Activities to Enhance School Mental Health | South Southwest MHTTC
This lists opportunities available from the South Southwest MHTTTC to enhance school-based mental health services and effective collaboration between schools and community mental health agencies.
MHTTC Upcoming Events
Understanding and Recognizing Student’s Mental Health Challenges and Building Resilience
Training hosted by Central East MHTTC in collaboration with Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health and Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families | April 6, 2019
During this training session, teachers will develop an understanding of the prevalence of mental health challenges among Delaware’s youth and how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicidality. In addition, this session will provide teachers with common-sense approaches to recognize when students might need additional support and a discussion of what resources are available in Delaware for students, their families, and school communities.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Training hosted by Great Lakes MHTTC | April 18, 2019
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches the school community, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Supporting Students and Staff in the Aftermath of Crisis and Loss
Webinar hosted by Pacific Southwest MHTTC and the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office | April 23, 2019
This workshop will help school professionals learn basic skills in how to talk with and support individual students or the entire class/school as they struggle to understand and cope with a crisis or loss in their lives. The presenter, David J Schonfeld, MD, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (www.schoolcrisiscenter.org) at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California; the Center Coordinates the Coalition to Support Grieving Students (www.grievingstudents.org), comprised of over 85 organizations including the major educational professional organizations. He will draw on over 30 years’ experience in school crisis response and pediatric bereavement to illustrate key points.