Mental Health

Mental Health Resources to Support Response and Recovery

Head Start and child care programs can use these tip sheets and resources with families and staff affected by a crisis or tragic event. Materials are divided into three categories: Short-Term Recovery; Caring for Yourself During Recovery; and Long-Term Recovery. Short-term recovery items may help weeks after an event, while long-term resources may be used months later. Use the materials in the Caring for Yourself During Recovery section to learn more about common reactions and self-care after an emergency.

Short-Term Recovery

Children’s Responses to Crises and Tragic Events
Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children who experience a tragic event may show changes in their behaviors. Learn more about the important role staff play in supporting infants, toddlers, and preschoolers after tragic events.

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
Adult support and reassurance are key to helping children and youth through a traumatic time. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.

Helping Your Child Cope After a Disaster
Learn effective strategies families can use to help their children cope during the recovery process. Children can cope more effectively with a disaster when they feel they understand what is happening and what they can do. Providing basic, non-alarming information can help.

Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism. This collection of resources includes a field operations guide and handouts that can be used for survivors in the immediate aftermath.

Caring for Yourself During Recovery

Taking Care of Yourself after a Traumatic Event
Review typical stress reactions, tips for self-care, and the recovery process.

Self-Care for Educators [PDF, 68KB]
Anyone working with children and families impacted by trauma are vulnerable to the effects of trauma or compassion fatigue. Learn more about preventing compassion fatigue and caring for yourself.

Long-Term Recovery

Back to School Trauma-related Resources for Educators [PDF, 939KB]
Explore this resource list for information about a range of trauma topics that impact children.