The Uvalde Tragedy: Reflection and Resources For You
A Special Message from Jennifer Hayes, Director of Spiritual Care at Cook Children's
To the One who hears the cries of children, help us to nurture the bonds of our communities near and far.
In the wake of yet another bout of school violence, help us to find the way to free our children from fear that hinders their ability to grow and to thrive.
Help our leadership and guidance to be rooted in justice.
Help us to respect those from whom we differ; foster within us compassion; never let our minds grow numb to the darkness that so often surrounds the children for whom we care.
Grow our ability and desire to shine brighter into our world…
Now and forever.
Please keep in mind these resources available to you at Cook Children's:
- Contact our new director of Spiritual Care Jennifer Hayes or another chaplain in our Spiritual Care office by calling 682-885-4030.
- Visit the chapel at Cook Children’s, which is always open for prayer and meditation for people of all faith traditions and religions.
- Alicia Cooper, LCSW LCDC, a level two certified clinical trauma professional, is a near-site counselor who is housed in the CareATC office off Henderson and Pennsylvania in Fort Worth. Alicia provides confidential face-to-face therapy sessions for employees. You can make an appointment at 1-800-395-1616.
- EAP (employee well-being) benefits are available to all employees and their families at NO COST to you. We also offer up to six face-to-face, video or by telephone counseling sessions for relationship and family issues, stress, anxiety, and other common challenges. To learn more, visit uprisehealth.com/members and the access code is “cook” or call 1-800-395-1616.
- Article: Kia Carter, M.D., Kristen Pyrc, M.D., and Lisa Elliott, Ph.D., of the Cook Children’s Behavioral Health team discuss what parents and caregivers should know and keep in mind.
In response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde Texas, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (En Español)
- Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen (En Español)
- Talking to Teens about Violence (En Español)
- Tips for Talking to Students about Violence
- Coping After Mass Violence: For Adults
- For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence(En Español)
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Guiding Adults in Talking to Children about Death and Attending Services
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Once I Was Very Very Scared – children’s book for young children
- After the Injury—website for families with injured children
- Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children
- Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing (En Español) (for responders)
Psychological First Aid
The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center.
Additional PFA resources for schools include:
- Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) – Field operations guide
- Providing PFA-S: For Health-Related Professionals – handout
- Providing PFA-S: For Principals and Administrators – handout
- Providing PFA-S: For School Support Staff – handout
- Providing PFA-S: For Teachers - handout
From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center
- Transcend (mobile app to assist with recovery after mass violence)
- Rebuild your Community: Resources for Community Leaders
- Media Guidelines for Homicide Family Survivors
- Timeline of Activities to Promote Mental Health Recovery
- Self-Help: Resources for Survivors
- E-learning Courses: Trainings for Clinicians
- Resources for Victim Assistance Professionals
From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University
- Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy
- Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events
- Coping with Stress Following a Mass Shooting
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.