Resources for Families

Talking to Children About the Shooting (The National Traumatic Stress Institute)

Talking to Children About Difficult Things in the News (Fred Rogers Institute)

Childhood Exposure to Violence (HealthyChildren.org)

Talking with Children About Disasters (HealthyChildren.org)

Finding Help | Everytown Support (Everytown Support Fund)

HP More Questions than Answers (Illinois Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics)

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Tips for Talking With and Helping Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Presentation Recording: Guidance for Talking with Children After a Traumatic Event (JCFS)

Resources for Families (JCFS)

After Crisis: How Young Children Heal (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)

Counseling Resources

JCFS Chicago Warm Line phone connection is available to provide assistance for anyone affected by the Highland Park shooting who does not have an urgent need and is looking for someone to talk to about their emotional distress. Call the warm line to connect to an emotional support professional between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Thursday, 9 am-4 pm Fridays at (855) 275-5237.

Community Action Together for Children’s Health has compiled a list of local trauma-informed therapists.

NorthShore University HealthSystems Deerfield Behavioral Health is offering free in-person child and adult community support.

Empowered Therapy Inc.: pro-bono and sliding-scale services to those impacted by the shooting. Go to their website, call 312-722-6932, or email info@empoweredtherapy.org to inquire about these services.

Compass Health Center: Clinician-led virtual post-crisis support groups/webinars, including:

  • How To Talk to Children about Tragedy for Parents
    Thursday, July 7th at 12pm – Register
  • Skills for Coping in the Aftermath of Tragedy for Young Adults (Ages 16-23)
    Thursday, July 7th at 6pm – Register
  • Skills for Coping in the Aftermath of Tragedy for Adults (Ages 24+)
    Thursday, July 7th at 4pm – Register

Coping with Community Violence Support Groups (National Alliance on Mental Illness Illinois)