Responding to Trauma and Tragedy

Crisis and Traumatic Event Resources for Schools, Families and Students

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has a wide range of school safety and crisis resources and translated safety and crisis resources on its website.

Resources to Help Educators, Adults Respond to Racism, Violence and Trauma and Support Students

Violence, racism, and tragedies in communities and in the news can be traumatic and create an array of feelings in children and youth as well as adults. Resources to Help Educators, Adults Respond to Racism, Violence and Trauma and Support Students contains valuable resources to help parents and other adults respond to talk about racism, violence and trauma.

How to Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies

Guidance for Schools on Supporting Students during Traumatic Events
Resources for Educators during the Trials of the Former Officers Involved in the Death of George Floyd
Engaging in Sensitive Conversations (Video)
Engaging in Sensitive Conversations (PDF)
Restorative Practices (Video)
How to Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Talking to Children about School Shootings

Resources for Schools and News Media on Students and Suicide

After a Suicide – A Toolkit for Schools
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools
Recommendations for Reporting On Suicide

In Mental Health Crisis? Help is Just a Text or Call Away

Crisis services are available 24/7 if you or someone you care about is having a mental health crisis.

Crisis Text: Text MN to 741741

When you text MN to 741741, you will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and get you connected with local resources.

Use Cell Phone to Call Professionals Who Can Help You

If you’re in the Twin Cities Metro Area, use your cell phone to call **CRISIS (274747) to talk to a team of professionals who can help you.
Who Do You Call Outside Twin Cities Metro Area? Find Minnesota mental health crisis phone numbers by Minnesota county.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255).
  • School Crisis Response Teams - 3/5/20
  • Preventing Suicide in Schools - 3/29/19
    Providing a safe school environment, while promoting connectedness and emotional well-being, can support students’ academic performance and protect individuals against suicide. This document includes suicide prevention resources and crisis response resources.