As a community, the Sandy Hook area has suffered an unspeakable loss of previously unimaginable proportions. However, becoming as informed as possible is one way to cope. Therefore, we have compiled a list of trusted resources to help you deal with this loss. You will find information for children, teens and adults, videos, PDFs and books. We will continue to update this information as additional resources become available.
Please note, this information is provided as a public service and Silver Hill Hospital does not endorse any particular resource.
Resources from trusted organizations
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 24/7 Distress Helpline. 1-800-985-5990
Multilingual immediate and confidential crisis counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from the Newtown tragedy.
You will be connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Staff will provide counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
- Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
- Spanish speakers text "Hablanos" to 66746.
- TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
- The Helpline also can be accessed online at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/.
The SAMHSA toll-free Helpline is available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.
American Psychological Association:
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
National Association of School Psychologists
School Violence and Prevention
U.S. Department of Education
Psychological First Aid for Students and Teachers
Books for Children
- After the Funeral, by Jane Loretta Winsch
- Don't Despair on Thursdays: The Children's Grief Management Book, by Adolph Moser
- The Next Place, by Warren Hanson
- Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
- The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst
- A Terrible Thing Happened, by Margaret M. Holmes
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