Talking With Children After A Traumatic Event

Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence. When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping.

These tips from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.

Download the full fact sheet: Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

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