We are saddened by the shooting that took place at Great Mills High School on March 20.
Saturday, March 24 through Thursday, March 29, 12 – 4 p.m. GMHS students and parents can visit the Beacon of Hope of Walden at 21770 FDR Blvd. Millison Plaza in Lexington Park for a safe place to talk to crisis trained staff and youth mentors, play games, do crafts, watch movies, have a quiet space, and get something to eat. On call counseling also available. For more information call 240-298-0212 or Walden’s 24 hour crisis line: 301-863-6661.
This list of resources was developed by the University of Maryland School of Social Work:
- People in-need can:
- Call the Maryland Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009
- Call or text the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Spanish-speakers should text Hablanos to 66746.
- Text CONNECT to 741741
- Infographic on Supporting children who have faced trauma (from ChildCare Aware)
- SAMHSA’s Tips for talking with and Helping Children & Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
- The National Association of School Psychologists’ Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents & Professionals
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
- Additional resources
- Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster (from the VA)
- How to Talk to with Kids about Terrible Things (from NPR with the National Association of School Psychologists)