Coping in a Violent World


We are living through violent times in a violent world. Whether the violence happens in our town or in another state or somewhere else in the world, it can affect us all. Adults, parents, children, adolescents, educators, caregivers, every member of our community – we all need help coping with the fear and anxiety caused by acts of terror, gun violence, and hatred.

May Institute is providing this information and resources for the individuals and families we serve, but also for everyone in our communities. We hope you will find some useful tips in the links below, and share this information with those in your own circles and communities. We are, after all, stronger together.


For mental health professionals and those they serve
How to talk to kids about tragic events
“Look for the helpers”: Helping young children cope with violence in the world
Cómo hablarle a los niños sobre los desastres
Talking to children about disasters
Tips for talking to children: A guide for parents and educators
Quick Tips: Helping children of all ages cope with tragedy
Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
How to talk to children about difficult news and tragedies
Tips for college students: After a disaster or other trauma
Consejos para estudiantes universitarios: Después de un desastre u otro tipo de trauma
Helping children and youth: A guide for caregivers, parents and teachers
Coping with traumatic events
How community members can help children and adolescents cope with violence
Coping with crisis: Helping children with special needs
Helping children cope with terrorism: Tips for families and educators
Helping children with disabilities cope with disaster and traumatic events