Helping Your Children and Your Family Cope with Traumatic Events
Submitted by Sue Baldauf, Director of Bedford Youth and Family Services
The events of Patriots Day Monday and the ensuing days have been grim reminders of the danger that can arise unexpectedly and in places we all normally assume to be safe. While in general we do live in a world safer than that of our ancestors, we need to keep in mind that life is fragile. Accidents can happen. People can do bad things that have horrific repercussions for the innocent. Many of us will be left as witnesses and reactors. How do we cope?
Well, many experts say to turn off the television news and rely on newspapers and the radio instead. This avoids being retraumatized and provides a bit of emotional protection.
Resources to draw from as you care for yourself and your children and other family members:
- Children’s League of Massachusetts – www.childrensleague.org/resources/get-help/kids-trauma
- Riverside Trauma Center – www.riversidetraumacenter.org
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network – www.nctsnet.org/trauma-types/terrorism
- United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – www.samhsa.gov/trauma also has disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990
- Another resource is www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Feel free to give Bedford Youth and Family Services a call at 781-275-7727 if you have specific questions or need further assistance.