Resources in the Wake of Community Trauma and Beyond
The resources on this page may be valuable for addressing some of the needs following the recent tragedy in Minnesota and ongoing trauma that our communities are experiencing. This list also includes tools for further action and education within family and communities about race and racism. Racism is a critical public health issue that impacts all aspects of our health, especially mental well-being.
Race and Mental Health
- In the Wake of Violence | Mental Health in African American Youth (University of Minnesota Extension, Children, Youth and Family Consortium) - Video featuring panel from two events titled "In The Wake of Violence: Perspectives of Black Men Who Are Therapists". These events were sponsored by the Trauma Recovery Project Behavioral Health Practitioners Workgroup
- Call To Mind: Spotlight On Black Trauma And Policing (MPR) - Call to Mind and MPR News with Angela Davis hosted Spotlight on Black Trauma and Policing, a live virtual community conversation. Angela was joined by community leaders and cultural trauma experts including Resmaa Menakem, LICSW, cultural trauma expert and founder of Justice Leadership Solutions in Minneapolis and Justin Terrell, executive director of Minnesota Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage. They discussed the killing of George Floyd, the most recent high-profile incident to become an example of historic racial injustice. How does racial and cultural trauma affect black Americans and others? What are the needed supports and treatments to promote healing? How can a trauma-informed approach de-escalate interactions and help prevent future deadly incidents?
- Decentering Whiteness and Creating Inclusive and Equitable Conferences: A Tip Sheet - A guide to creating more equitable and inclusive spaces that value the participation and contributions of a diversity of people and challenge established power hierarchies.
- Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition - American Public Health Association webinar June 9, 2020 2:00-3:30 p.m. ETD. This kick-off webinar will examine racism and its historic and present-day impact on health and well-being. Presenters will: identify the multiple levels on which racism operates; describe the physiological impacts of racism and discrimination on health; and explore the principles for and barriers to achieving health equity.
Children and Families
Tools for talking about race and racism
- How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism (PBS) - Includes practical resources and language about how to talk with and raise race-conscious children, why to talk about racism, lists of books that talk about racism, and more.
- Something Happened in our Town Read-Aloud (Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center) - A recorded video provided by Minneapolis school district that talks about George Floyd’s death and introduces a read-aloud video. This is appropriate for elementary-aged children. It is recommend that an adult is available to help children process.
- Beyond the Gold Rule, A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Teaching Tolerance)
- What White Children Need to Know About Race (National Association of Independent Schools) - Why white parents need to discuss race with children and key messages to include.
- Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence (Teaching Tolerance)
- Teaching about Controversial or Difficult Issues (Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility)
- Teaching about Race and Criminal Justice (Stonehill College) - Suggested list of books, essays, videos, films, and other resources regarding race and policing.
Trauma resources for children and families
- After a Crisis: How Young Children Heal (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) - Offers tips to parents on how to help young children, toddlers, and preschoolers heal after a traumatic event.
- Restoring a Sense of Well-Being in Children after Disaster (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress) - Provides tips and language for adults to effectively support children and provide sense of safety.
- Complex Trauma: In Urban African-American Children, Youth, and Families (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) - Discusses how families living in racially and economically segregated communities must also cope with the effects of historical trauma and intergenerational racism, and presents the specific barriers that African-Americans face in obtaining needed services.
- Understanding Child Trauma (SAMHSA) - This web page identifies events that children and youth may experience as traumatic, statistics on traumatic experiences and their effects on children and youth, signs of traumatic stress in children and youth of various ages, and tips for parents and other important adults in the lives of children and youth for helping children and youth to cope with trauma. Links to resources for more information and support are also provided.
- Age-related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) - In this information and tip sheet, the NCTSN provides an overview of how children and adolescents may react to natural and human-caused disasters that they experience as traumatic. It describes reactions typical within specific age ranges and offers tips for parents and other caregivers, school personnel, healthcare practitioners, and community members to help children and adolescents cope.
- Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) - In this one page tip sheet, the NCTSN identifies 10 ways in which youth may react to community traumas, such as natural or human-caused disasters and suggests ways for educators to respond to these reactions and support youth in coping. The tip sheet also advises educators to find professional mental health support for youth—and for themselves—as needed.
- How To Talk To Kids About Tragedies In The Media (Child Development Institute)
- Helping Children Cope With Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)
- Helping Children Regain Their Emotional Safety After a Tragedy (KidPower)
- Trauma Related Infographics (National Council on Behavioral Health):
Community and Organization Leaders
- Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress)
- Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Coping with Grief and Anger
- Coping With Grief After Community Violence (SAMHSA) - This tip sheet introduces signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.
- Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event (SAMHSA) - In this tip sheet, the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) defines and describes grief, discusses ways of coping with grief, explains complicated grief, and offers relevant resources for additional support.
- For additional resources regarding mental health and trauma, including key tip sheets from SAMHSA see the Community Violence section of the Disaster Mental and Behavioral Health and COVID-19 page.