School Violence Resources

Oakland Community Health Network shares mental health tips in response to a local crisis

Mental Health Support for Families and Individuals:
Contact the OaklandCounty 24-Hour Crisis Helpline (800) 231-1127 or the Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MiCAL) (844) 446-4225 (call or text)

Tips for Parents
Acknowledge what happened. If your child is talking or asking abut traumatic events, it is important for the caregivers/loved ones in their life to acknowledge what happened, provide age-appropriate information and be supportive.

Parents may want to approach older children who may have seen the news or videos on social media and find out what they know and what their thoughts/feelings are about what happened.

Recognize the effect this has on your child. talk to your child about their thoughts and emotions as it pertains to the event and validate their feelings and concerns.  With mass shootings in public places and places of worship, this is a valid concern for them, and all adults need t take their viewpoint and concerns into consideration.

Help your child to feel safe. A sense of normalcy and routine as soon as possible after an event helps to re-establish a child's sense of safety and structure. discuss whatever positive aspects can be found in tragic events such as the quick police response and how community members and citizens across the country are coming together to support those affected.

Tips for Adults:
Everyone experiences events and trauma in different ways and however they think or feel after an event like this is okay. Some people respond with fear, some anger, some shocke, sadness, etc. Encourage people to talk about what they are thinking and feeling. Seek support from friends, family, or professionals if necessary.

Try to get back to routines and schedules to promote feelings of consistency and balance to reduce fear and provide a feelilng of returning control and predictability.

Additional Resources

Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Age Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting


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