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PBS Parents’ Talking with Kids about News offers age-appropriate tips and strategies for discussing violence, war and natural disasters with your children. Visit

The National Association of School Psychologists has guidance for parents and educators on a variety of topics, including school safety. Click here for their tips, or visit the Resources and Publications section of for additional resources.

The American Psychological Association has guidance for children and adults on reactions and responses to disasters, and how to cope. Their tips include Recovering Emotionally from DisasterManaging Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting, and Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting. For other resources, visit the Help Center at
Helping your children manage stress in the aftermath
How to talk to children about difficult news

The National Association of School Psychologists – Talking to children about violence


Any student who would like to speak to a school counselor please call St. Lucie Public Schools at 429-4560

Employee Help with Coping

Distressing world events can affect everyone who lives through them. Even people who experience these events only through the media can have emotional and stress reactions. When unexpected events happen, feeling stressed, anxious or sad is understandable.