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The tragedy at Michigan State affects us all and our hearts are with the Spartan Family right now in this time of grief. It is so hard to talk to children about the violence. And as parents of students, it can be hard knowing what to say. If you are struggling with grief, how to talk to your children and fear of what could have been, we found some resources that might be helpful.

And please.... keep all the victims and their families in your heart. They need us all right now.

  • Common Ground. Helps community members in crisis. Call -1-800-231-1127; Or Text “Hello”; to chat with a crisis counselor.

  • Oakland County Crisis/Suicide Line. 1-800-231-1127

  • OK2SAY. Students can talk to a trusted adult if they see or hear something that doesn't seem right. They can also report information anonymously using OK2SAY. Call 855-565-2729; text 652729; or email For emergencies, dial 911.

  • The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) created tips for parents and teachers to talk to children about violence.

  •  Another NASP resource, Helping Children Cope with Terrorism-Tips for Families and educators, is available in multiple languages.

  • Common Sense Media suggests taking an age-based approach to discussing news of school shootings to help children feel safe again.

  •  Verywell Family offers tips on how to have a conversation with a child and/or teen about gun violence or school shootings can feel overwhelming and provides suggestions on how to handle these hard conversations.

  • The American Psychological Association offers tips on managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting.

  • The National Parent Helpline at 1-855-4 A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) offers emotional support from a trained advocate Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Talking to Children About the Shooting.

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education. Coping with Community Crisis.

Resources courtesy of Bridge Magazine.

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