Recovery is the process of restoring social and emotional equilibrium in the school community. Recovery does not follow a straight line from start to finish. While there are common traumatic stress reactions, the pace and pattern of recovery will be shaped by each individual’s own personal life experience. Counseling, individual social networks, community engagement, and a variety of approaches to coping and resolution are all vitally important.
Interventions that people point to as being highly effective in the aftermath of a crisis are often factors that could help before a tragedy occurs. Building a sense of school community, improving interpersonal relationships and communication, teaching ways to cope with stress, and valuing each individual can help build a safe and nurturing school and contribute to individual and group resilience. Contact A Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative to learn more about how we can help you, your school, or your community.
- Newtown, CT 730 Days later: Lessons Learned Suzy Hayman DeYoung Become a fan Suzy DeYoung is a mother of three who lives and works in Newtown, CT Email Newtown, 730 Days Later: Lessons Learned Posted: 11/12/2014 7:07 pm EST Updated: 11/12/2014 7:59 pm EST We are coming up on two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that killed twenty first graders and six educators. There have been eighty eight school shootings ...
- Trauma happens, so what can we do about it? By Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Ph.D. Fifteen years ago, 20 April 1999, it happened in my community… at my son’s school. Two heavily armed seniors launched a deadly attack on fellow students, teachers, and staff at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado. As the event played out live on broadcast TV, millions around the globe watched in horror as emergency responders evacuated ...
- What Suffering Does What Suffering Does Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself in a bunch of conversations in which the unspoken assumption was that the main goal of life is to maximize happiness. That’s normal. When people plan for the future, they often talk about all the good times and good experiences they hope to have. We live in a culture awash ...
- How best to treat traumatized kids? Research not clear How best to treat traumatized kids? Research not clear USA Today, February 2013 Report says better studies are needed to identify effective treatments for kids exposed to traumatic events such as accidents, natural disasters and school shootings.
- Arapahoe High School student talks about coping with tragedy Arapahoe High School student talks about coping with tragedy Colorado Public Radio, December 2013 Student Brett Stewart composes song in an effort to create some unity because being together is the only option if society can’t prevent school shootings from happening.
- I Survived Marie Claire, June 2013 A collection of stories of survivors of mass shooting events provides a perspective on the personal experience of encountering lethal school violence.
- Medal of Honor recipient fights to remove stigma of PTSD Medal of Honor recipient fights to remove stigma of PTSD Denver Post, December 2013 His new motivation is to educate people about post- traumatic stress. He is trying to use his experience to help others by reliving the worst day of his life over and over again.
- A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma Sojourners, January 2014
- The Standley Lake High School Tragedy: Sending my kids to school should not be an act of courage. The Standley Lake High School Tragedy: Sending my kids to school should not be an act of courage. Mile High Mamas blog, January 2014 Longtime blogger describes her experience when her teenagers had a brush with tragedy when a student committed suicide at school.
- After the Tragedy, What Next? After the Tragedy, What Next? Education Week, Dec 19, 2012 The repercussions of any school shooting, terrorist attack, or natural disaster do not begin and end on a single day. This article by Carolyn Mears explores the long term effects of experiencing such a tragedy and suggests steps can help in moving toward healing.
- Video: The Power of Empathy Video: The Power of Empathy RSA, Dec 10, 2013 What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
- Video: The War Within: Treating PTSD Video: The War Within: Treating PTSD CBS News, Nov. 13, 2013 A rare look inside new therapy sessions that are changing the lives of vets who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- The Things We Hold Inside The Things We Hold Inside Huffington Post, July 9, 2013 Suzy DeYoung’s blog on the effects of exposure to traumatic events, and the many symptoms that emerge even long after the physical crisis has been resolved.
- Together through Mud Together through Mud Newtown Patch, March 2014 An article about how a community comes together to heal
- Joplin Pays it Forward: Community Leaders Share Our Recovery Lessons Joplin Pays it Forward Community Leaders Share Our Recovery Lessons, Jane Cage (2013) The collection of stories provides us valuable insight into Joplin, Missouri’s incredible journey to rebuild following a devastating tornado in 2011.