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Mental Health Resources for Children

Resources & Activities



Talking To Kids About Fear And Violence – Mental Health America

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers – National Association of School Psychologists  (Many additional resources on this site, too)

School Shooting Resources – The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

AACAP Resource Library on Guns and Violence – American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Federal Resources for Helping Youth Cope after a School Shooting – Youth.Gov

OK2SAY – State of Michigan Tip Line. Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Childhood Trauma in a Time of Crisis 
For some children, home is not a safe place.  Take a deeper look at what some children might be experiencing in this time of crisis, how it might affect learning, how to recognize the signs of abuse, and how public libraries might best serve these children. Dr. Amelia Siders will be our presenter, she is the Director of Clinical Practice Development and Education, at the Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan. Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) partner with prosecutors, law enforcement, and protective services to coordinate the investigation of child maltreatment-often child sexual abuse. CACs also provide support to child survivors of abuse so that those kids can get back to being kids. (Recorded 05/05/2020)

Developmental Trauma, Children and Family Mental Health, and more resources from Beacon House Therapeutic Services (UK).

ACES Too High Resources on adverse childhood experiences.

NCTSN – For Teens: Coping after Mass Violence

VOICES – Mass Violence Tip Sheets
VOICES – Tip Sheets Following Traumatic Events

NCTSN – Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals

NCTSN – Taking Care of Yourself


988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) and is now active across the United States. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. Learn more at



This list was compiled by the Library of Michigan