Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Advice about How to Talk to Your Children After Recent Tragedy

At CHDI our hearts go out to all the children and families who have been impacted by the horrific school shooting in Newtown. CHDI Vice President and trauma expert, Dr. Bob Franks, advises: “As a parent or caregiver, the most important thing you can do is try to restore a sense of safety and security for your children and help them understand what happened in terms they can understand. Try to limit your child’s exposure to media coverage and don’t let them watch the news alone. Be available to answer questions. Create a dialogue. Reassure them and let them know they are safe. Children will require extra love and support after a traumatic event. Parents can help their child feel safe and begin to make sense out of the tragedy. During these times we are all reminded to love and cherish our children. Click here for a list of resources to help parents, teachers and providers. For a list of providers in Connecticut trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, please click here.

Visit our Evidence-Based Practice Directory

KidsMentalHealthInfo.com has an evidence-based practice directory that lists mental health providers trained in popular evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. Evidence-based practices are those supported by research showing that they work for most children.