As we all know, one week ago our lives were changed forever due to the bombing at the Boston Marathon. From this tragic event, we have experienced great heartache, felt a sort of violation that many of us have never felt, and had our lives changed forever. On the other side of the coin we watched people persevere, come together, and help each other in tremendous ways. We have watched our law enforcement and first responders work tirelessly to keep us safe, and find resolution to this event.
Through all this, we are still left with many questions, and concerns. As a community coalition we believe in the power of community, and the ability to support each other. We feel a sense of responsibility to help those in need find resources to help them through these times.
One great resource we have come across is PBS parents, and our old friend Mister Roger’s. They have a tremendous guide for Helping Children with Scary News. We have highlighted a couple of key tips for you here, but if you have the time we highly recommend looking at the whole article here.
1) Children want to know “Who will take care of me?” Make sure to comfort your children, and reassure them that you are there to take care of them, and that there are other people out there working hard to make sure they are safe.
2) Play with your children. Play is very important for children, and one of the most important ways children process their feelings and emotions. If themes get negative or scary, redirect them to a happier place or a way they can help in a traumatic situation.
3) For young children watching the news can be scary and confusing. Try to limit the amount of media your children are exposed to, and be selective as to what you let your children see.
For our older children and adults, we have found that our partner SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) is a great resource. They have a tremendous guide of Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event. Remember what changes and what stays the same after a traumatic event, and come together to support one and all.
If you need help or know someone who does, do not stay silent. There are resources available to you, and we are happy to help.