Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events

November 2011

Many children are learning of recent traumatic events through news reports, friends, or other sources. As a result, some may ask questions directly about the events, or initiate conversations related to safety and trust. Teachers, parents, and others who work with children can use the following resource from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help keep channels of communication regarding these topics open and productive.

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events (PDF)

If you suspect a case of child abuse or maltreatment, the following web site includes information about how to take action.

Prevent Child Abuse America