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Crisis Response

Do I need to activate a District Mental Health Response?

Definition of Trauma Response:

A traumatic situation of social and emotional impact to a school and community that has the potential to or already has overwhelmed the internal resources to support students and staff.

Items to consider before activation:

  • Student impact
  • Counseling staff impact
  • Teacher impact
  • Community impact
  • Direct vs. Indirect trauma (How many persons are directly impacted/how many by proximity)
  • Expected duration of incident
  • Assistance with communication and additional support resources
  • Level of assistance required

Mission of the District Mental Health Response Team-

Short term stabilization unit to manage and restore equilibrium in a school environment to a level at which internal resources can manage the remnants of a crisis with in-place supports i.e. 3rd party agencies, counselor, interventionist, etc…

Family/Community Resources

Please click on the following links for additional information: Supporting Children Ages 6-9 Through Grief Supporting Children Ages 9-12 Through Grief Supporting Teens 12-18 Through Grief Tragedy Support Resources A Guide for Parents on Traumatic Stress Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Resources To Use With Students

Please click on the following links for additional information: Impact of Trauma on Elementary Students Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators When a Friend Dies: Guidelines for Students  

Staff Resources

Click on the following links for additional information: Employee Assistance Program_ComPsych How Grief May Present at School How to Help Grieving Children of All Ages When a Co-Worker is Grieving School Personnel Info on Traumatic-Stress/Grief Self Care for Educators Suggestions for Educators in the Classroom In the Middle: Supporting Grieving Preteens Impacts of Trauma on …

Talking to Students About Las Vegas Tragedy

EARSS Community —– As shared by the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA: A quick aid related to tragic events that students may be struggling to deal with is the NEA article which offers advice from the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to students about violence and other national tragedies. See …