After the tragic event in Newtown, organizations continue to offer supports and services to community members, families and children. Below are additional resources available:
On the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) website, Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events, is a collection of resources from SAMHSA and other organizations geared toward coping after a traumatic event. On the site, you will find a collection of helpful information on how to discuss the recent shooting with a variety of audiences. Please note the widget available for sharing on the page.
Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
The Disaster Distress Helpline is the nation’s first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. This free, confidential and multilingual, crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, incidents of mass violence or any other disasters. Callers are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. The helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.
10 Free Counseling Sessions in Greenwich and Surrounding Communities
Family Centers, in conjunction with a grant from the Office of Victims Services, is offering up to ten free counseling sessions to anyone in the Greenwich community, or the surrounding communities, emotionally impacted by the events in Newton, CT.
For an appointment please contact Family Centers intake department at 203-629-2822.
FREE WORKSHOP – RELATED TO SANDY HOOK SCHOOL: HANDLING STRESS, TALKING TO CHILDREN & TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
Catholic Charities Family Service Center in Ansonia is offering a workshop for adults in the community who would like to talk about the tragic events that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Some common symptoms of stress may include changes in sleep pattern, heightened anxiety or panic symptoms, tearfulness and being easily startled.
The workshop will focus on ways to handle these symptoms of stress, how to talk to your children about what happened, relaxation skills and how to take care of yourself.
The group which is free of charge will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Advance registration is requested but not required. The office can be reached at (203) 735-7481. The address is 205 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia, CT 06401. Please share this with anyone who may be interested.