10:58 AM

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:

Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting

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:

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:

 From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University

Disaster Helpline

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.