Responding to Community Disparities

The page features resources for parents and providers living in areas where there has been community unrest, advice regarding media coverage of these events, guidance on helping children and adolescents who have been exposed to multiple traumas, and materials addressing racism, economic and health disparities, and ways to foster community healing. There are also resources on self-care and tools to assist the first responder community.

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators (2017) (PDF)

NCTSN Position Statement
Racial Injustice and Trauma: African Americans in the US (2016) (PDF)

A guide to assist individuals in decision-making and leadership roles in all sectors of a community. Provides information on helping communities increase their resilience and on improving their capacity to respond effectively to crisis.
Coping in Hard Times—Fact Sheet Series
Discusses challenging financial circumstances and economic hardships that can negatively affect youth, families, and communities. Offers practical ways to address the challenges during economic hardships by improving a sense of safety, calming, self- and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.
Community Violence Resources
Discusses how living in areas of violence can negatively affect youth, and offers practical ways for youth to deal with living in dangerous times.
      This resource provides information on community violence, how it can affect daily lives, and what to do for support.
      This product is a checklist that youth can use to assess whether they experience community violence.
Complex Trauma Resources
Discusses the devastating effects on a child’s physiology, emotions, ability to think, learn, and concentrate, impulse control, self-image, and relationships with others, and how best to support youth who have experienced multiple traumas, including knowing the symptoms of complex trauma, how it affects youth, and recommendations for helping children cope and heal
      Helps parents and caregivers recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help children heal.
      Explains the ways complex trauma may affect learning and offers recommendations for educators to support students and take care of themselves.
Dealing with the Media
Discusses how media coverage has the potential to upset and confuse. Parents can protect children by helping them understand media coverage while limiting their exposure to distressing images. In addition, journalists may approach young adults, adolescents, and even children to ask for their reactions to the events.


Culture and Trauma Resources

After a Crisis: Helping Children Heal (PDF)

Psychological Impact of Traumatic Experiences (PDF)

Psychological First Aid