Acts of mass violence, such as the shootings at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee cause extreme disruption within communities. Acts of violence against children are particularly distressing, and their occurrence at locations that are often thought of as safe havens, such as schools, further undermine feelings of safety within a community. Victims, family, friends, first responders, emergency personnel, and community leaders are among those affected. Caring for the mental health needs of communities and promoting resilience and recovery requires prompt interventions by educating people on common responses to trauma and the ways this may look different in children, providing guidance on actions to foster individual and family well-being, and ensuring access to timely resources and care when needed.
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