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Resources to Support Children and Families

The links below may be helpful to school staff and/or caregivers to support students:

Local and National Crisis Resources:

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988

Emergency Services: Dial 911 Immediately

Immediate Emotional/Behavioral/Substance Abuse Crisis Response: 877-652-7624 or visit

Psychiatric Intervention Program (PIP): 609-344-1118

Addictions Hotline of NJ: 1-800-225-0196

New Jersey Youth Helpline: Call or Text 888-222-2228 or visit

National Suicide/Crisis Hotline: 988 or 1-800-273-TALK or Text "ANSWER" to 839863

Substance Abuse Help: 609-272-0964 or visit

Runaway or Homeless Youth Services: 609-645-5861

Abused, Neglected, or Subjected to Violence Hotline: Call 877-652-2873

Grief and Loss: 609-484-1133 or visit

Connecting NJ (resources for children birth to age 5):

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

NEA’s School Crisis Guide

A step-by-step outline of what to do before, during, and after any school or community crisis.

Creating Safe Environments for Students Recovering From Trauma

An excerpt from the new book The School of Hope looks at how educators can help students who have experienced trauma.

Resources for Responding to Violence and Tragedy

Experts say listening to students and providing reassurance can help them rebound when traumatic events affect the community. Scholastic Magazine worked with child-psychology specialists to provide the following expert advice about: how children process trauma, how to speak with children about traumatic events in a developmentally appropriate way, and the need for emotional support for teachers.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Educating Traumatized Children

According to researchers and practitioners, at school, traumatized children can forge strong relationships with caring adults and learn in a supportive environment. Teachers play an important role by connecting traumatized children to a safe and predictable school community.

Helping Youth after Community Trauma

Tips for Educators Traumatic events such as a natural disaster; school violence; accidents (e.g., gas explosions, arson, transportation accidents); traumatic death of an educator or peer can impact students’ learning, behavior, and relationships. Here are some reactions you might see and how you can help.

Discussing Disturbing News Stories in the Classroom

Middle and high school teachers can address distressing events in ways that support students and help them process their reactions.

Resources to Help Youth Cope after a Mass Shooting

In response to recent school and mass shootings, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) has compiled a list of resources to help youth, families, educators, and community members cope with and talk about community trauma, as well as provide psychological first aid.