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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a site page up following the Newtown CT shootings with resources for first responders and mental health providers but should be used as well by parents everywhere especially if with young children and as an added tool to help with what their school districts are doing. Not only for the children but so the parents might better understand as well.

I was going to just add this to an open thread but the Time Magazine site posted something that also is related.

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Resources for Providers: Responding to Violence

Initial intervention following community violence, such as the Newtown, CT school shooting, involves reducing initial distress and offering practical assistance. The resources below will help first responders and mental health providers learn skills in psychological first aid and other useful information about appropriate response to such events.

Psychological First Aid:  Important Resource Links Here>>>

Time reached way back into the archives of Sesame Street and posted this up with a related writeup:


'G' Is for Grief: 1983 Sesame Street Episode Helps Kids Cope After Newtown Tragedy


Dec. 18, 2012 - In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., parents are struggling to find ways to talk to their kids about death and loss. That’s where Big Bird and friends can help. For four decades and counting, Sesame Street has ushered in fun and educational entertainment for kids — but they haven’t shied away from tough topics, too. Experts are advising parents to tell kids the truth about what happened — “in their language,” says Emanuel Maidenberg, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, recently interviewed by TIME’s Bonnie Rochman. read more>>>
I hope some find these useful, the VA site page is loaded with resource links directed at the children but important for adults, especially now that PTS is finally a part of the reality of the world we live in and certainly not only related to the soldier of U.S. Wars nor the U.S. Veterans from!
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    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 01:44:49 PM PST

  •  Responsibility (2+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes, llbear

    To think, in our arrogance and apathy, we still call the, once, United States a civil society and many constantly condemn others on the planet, even after what is known we do and even do to them!!

    since he destroyed the hard drive before leaving for the school.
    Who's to say he was the one that destroyed the computer, and why not the growing obsessiveness with small arms and a very well stocked arsenal and paranoid mother, paranoia fed by the NRA and others, didn't for other reasons and that's what set him off!!

    We might never know but one thing is coming very clear, he wasn't the only one that should have been getting help, another mark about the mother's paranoia, a mental defect as is obsessive behavior can be, she herself should have sought out and she certainly could afford to pay, as the divorce settlement came to be known, for the help for both!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 01:50:25 PM PST

  •  From One of the Newtown Dads (3+ / 0-)
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    Sandy Hook survivor’s dad to NRA: Help make U.S. safe for kids

    18 December 2012 - A teacher saved his 8-year-old son from the massacre in Newtown, and now Andrei Nikitchyuk has a message for the National Rifle Association: Help make the United States safe for kids again.

    "I would offer NRA: Return this country their kids. If they can do it, I would like that very, very much," Nikitchyuk told reporters outside the Capitol after a press conference organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The event was organized to pile pressure on lawmakers to enact new gun restrictions. read more>>>


    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 01:58:24 PM PST

  •  NY Rep. Carolyn MaCarthy: (1+ / 0-)
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    She will take the gloves off if the President doesn't lead on gun control. Since New Town, things have changed dramatically. The image of a 6 year old being shot 6 and 7 times makes me sick to my stomach.

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

    by llbear on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:00:51 PM PST

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