Hurricane Harvey has devastated huge areas of Texas. There is no way to know how much damage Harvey has done to property, businesses, and its many residents, but one of the most serious impacts will be emotional in nature. Such traumatic events can have long-lasting repercussions, especially for children.
We would like to share with you an excellent resource of information and guidance on how to help children cope with trauma: the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. At NCTSN's website, Parent Centers, families, and service providers working with traumatized children and their families can find extensive learning and resource sections on different kinds of trauma (including natural disasters like Harvey), resources for parents and caregivers, guidance and toolkits for schools, information in Spanish, and where to turn locally to access NCTSN centers. Read more about what NCTSN offers here, and connect to vital resources for helping others to cope with trauma.