Free resource for parents to help children process school shootings

Published 11:30 am Sunday, May 29, 2022

New Orleans, LA – The Department of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has created a free resource for parents to help their children process school shootings. While numerous sources exist, they aren’t as comprehensive as this resource that offers detailed guidance all in one place. The information ranges from how to talk to your children, what is age-appropriate, how much you should share, and strategies to enhance coping.

“The continued conflict in Texas following the school shooting in Uvalde will remain in the minds of children and their caregivers for years to come,” notes Michelle Moore, PsyD, LSU Health New Orleans Clinical Psychologist and Chief of Psychology.

Helping Children Process School Shootings can be downloaded here.

“While having conversations about violence is difficult and upsetting to both caregivers and children, being open to discussions and listening to children’s fears is important now and throughout the summer, especially into next school year,” adds Dr. Moore. “We hope that this document will be a useful resource for caregivers to facilitate these conversations and support their children in the aftermath of the recent tragedy.”

“LSU Health New Orleans has served as a health resource for the community, state and nation since the first school shooting in 1999,” says LSU Health New Orleans Interim Chancellor Dr. Steve Nelson. “Members of our psychiatry faculty were consulted to help the Columbine High School community in Littleton, Colorado recover after that devastating horror.”

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