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SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF

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POINTS FOR PARENTS:

TALKING WITH YOUR KIDS AFTER A TRAUMATIC EVENT

 

  • DON’T FORCE THE HEALING PROCESS (be available, but don’t pressure )

 

  • BE AWARE NOT EVERYONE REACTS THE SAME (a person may show anger, sadness or even laughter--look for what’s “out of the norm” for your child )

 

  • VALIDATE  EMOTIONS (telling someone “It’s going to be okay” or “You’ll get over this” may not allow them to fully experience their feelings.  It’s OKAY to be SAD or ANGRY)

 

  • HANDLING IT NOW--MAY NOT MEAN HANDLING IT LATER ( while some may be coping well now,  triggers may cause emotions to resurface later)


 

  • KEEP ROUTINES, AND FOCUS ONE DAY AT A TIME  (eating, sleeping, school, work and homework --it’s easy to lose track of the simple things when dealing with trauma.  Staying focused on the simple things allows you to maintain a sense of normalcy)

 

  • OFFER OTHER RESOURCES IF NEEDED ( Kids might not want to speak to parents--but prefer a teacher or friend. Just feeling connected to others is good)


 

WHEN DOES A PARENT KNOW TO SEEK  PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT ?


 

  • PHYSICAL SIGNS:

Kids not eating        trouble sleeping      isolating themselves         change in mood or temperament      change in daily activities       behavioral issues at school              grades

 

  • TIME FRAME:  If it's been several weeks and your child is still  not feeling better.

 

  • NIGHTMARES/ RECURRING THOUGHTS




 

 

NEXT STEPS AFTER REALIZING YOUR CHILD NEEDS MORE SUPPORT

 

First, if you feel comfortable, reach out to your student’s school counselor and encourage their support for your child while he/she is at school and they can connect you to resources in our area.

 

Secondly, if you would like to directly reach out to local area resources, please refer to the list below:

Meridian HealthCare- (330) 797-0070

Alta HealthCare- (330) 793-2487

 

Thirdly, if your child is experiencing an emergency after school hours and needs support immediately, please contact our local free and confidential hotline by dialing 211.

 

Finally, local area hospitals are also a good resource for emergency situations.

Akron Children’s Hospital- (330)-746-8100 (Boardman Campus)

Mercy Health- (330)-746-7211 (Boardman Campus)

 

Other helpful resources include:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Ohio Crisis Textline:  Text 4hope to 741741


Nikunj Patel--  Counselor Meridian HealthCare

Natasha Cramer--Counselor  Meridian HealthCare





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