Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting

 

 

May 25, 2022

BGCOP Team, parents, and supporters,

Yet another school shooting took place on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas, taking the lives of 19 innocent children and 2 brave teachers.

As youth development professionals, we have dedicated ourselves to the wellbeing of children. To hear of innocent lives robbed of their future goes against everything we stand for. We are all struggling to understand and process a multitude of emotions today, we cannot overestimate the impact these incidents have on our kids and staff. These types of horrific events undermine our fundamental understanding of safety.

We are and will continue to be a safe place for kids and families, especially during times of tragedy.

We are all grieving today. In the face of these inhumane acts of violence it is easy to feel helpless or consumed by the weight of responsibility to children. But you aren’t in this alone. The important work you and your teams do each day is helping to connect kids and help them feel safe.

 

Resources & Support

In response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde Texas, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed the following resources to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. Other useful resources include Talking to Teens About Traumatic Events and BE THERE Resources and support.
 

NCTSN Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting:


Psychological First Aid:


The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center. Additional PFA resources for schools include:


From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center:


From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University:

 

Disaster Helpline

  • SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365

 

Erin Antrim

Chief Executive Officer