OWOSSO – Shiawassee Health & Wellness said Wednesday there are a number of options for students and families struggling with stress or trauma due to events such as the Oxford school shooting.

Psychological support for families and individuals:

n Call Shiawassee County’s 24-hour Crisis Helpline 989-723-6791 or Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MiCAL) 1-844-446-4225 (call or text message).

n Confirm what happened. If your child speaks or asks about traumatic events, it is important that the caregivers / relatives in their life recognize what has happened, provide age-appropriate information and provide support.

n Parents may want to reach out to older children who may have seen the news or videos on social media and find out what they know and what their thoughts / feelings are about what happened.

n Realize the effects on your child. Talk to your child about their thoughts and feelings about the event and acknowledge their feelings and concerns. This is a legitimate concern for them during mass shootings in public places and places of worship, and all adults must consider their point of view and concerns.

n Help your child feel safe. A sense of normalcy and routine as soon as possible after an event helps to restore the feeling of security and structure.

Discuss any positive aspects of tragic events such as the quick response of the police and how community members and citizens across the country come together to support those affected.

n Everyone experiences events and trauma in different ways and however they think or feel after such an event is fine. Some people react with fear, anger, shock, sadness, and so on. Encourage people to talk about what they are thinking and feeling. If necessary, seek support from friends, family, or professionals.

n Try to return to routines and schedules to encourage a sense of consistency and balance, reduce anxiety, and convey a sense of return of control and predictability.


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