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Free Trauma & Abuse, Mental Health Help, Tools, & Resources For Teachers




What Should You Do When You Suspect Child Abuse?

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/what-should-you-do-when-you-suspect-child-abuse/


  • Scholastic provides an in-depth analysis of what to do, as a teacher, when you suspect a child you know is being abused.


Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/braindevtrauma/


  • Provides education on the impact of trauma and brain development, screening guidelines and treatment options for affected youth.



The Role of Educators in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/educator/


  • The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau has provided tip sheets and resource sheets for educators and community leaders. Complete with resources, educational insight, and informed guidance.



Tips For Talking About Your Mental Health

https://www.mhanational.org/time-talk-tips-talking-about-your-mental-health


  • Includes several prompts which help students get started with beginning an important conversation, including a letter template. Can be utilized as a means for helping young people frame the discussion.


Why Are Shame And Trauma Connected?

Kati Morton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noYwPItBdRU


  • Defining shame and trauma, how they affect us, and how to break the cycle. She discusses ways to move through the feeling of shame and heal. Note: Some ideas are more progressive than others. Each viewer needs to consider the path they do chose and get wisdom for their own journey and if these steps are right for them.


The Impact of Trauma

TED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk


  • Offers Insight into the effects of trauma and how early adversity affects a life. Advocates for communities to rally for healing.


What Is Emotional Abuse?

https://www.statepress.com/article/2017/02/spopinion-emotional-abuse-is-dangerous-trauma


  • Educational insight on the effects of psychologically aggressive behaviors, complete with statistics.


5 Must Know Signs Of Emotional Abuse

Kati Morton

https://youtu.be/A5fw-IT_phU


  • Kati discusses ways to identify emotional abuse and what to do next.


Expressive Writing: Words That Heal

By James W. Pennebaker

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1611580463


  • Offers insight into the benefits of processing trauma by writing—along with specific exercises and prompts on how to find resolution.


Understanding Male Sexual Abuse & Challenges For Healing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbYPpxBqOYY

APA Division 56 - Trauma Psychology


  • Provides concise factors which affect male survivors, along with what protective factors exist.



Parents Anonymous

http://parentsanonymous.org/programs/parents-anonymous-groups/adult-group/


  • Offers a network of in-person support groups. From website: “Groups offer a caring and supportive environment where parents and caregivers support each other and explore new parenting strategies, address underlying emotional issues, and create long lasting positive changes in their families.”


How To Recognize Abuse

https://ourkidscenter.com/learn/how-to-recognize-abuse/


  • Downloadable PDF answers the question, “How do I recognize abuse?” and “What should I do if I suspect Abuse?”




Mental Health Support For Families




The National Alliance On Mental Illness has a directory of support groups for families.


https://www.nami.org/find-support/nami-programs/nami-family-support-group


The Society For Adolescent Heath And Medicine has a comprehensive listing of additional support options.


https://www.adolescenthealth.org/Resources/Clinical-Care-Resources/Mental-Health/Mental-Health-Resources-For-Parents-of-Adolescents.aspx


The Depression And Bipolar Alliance Support Alliance offers connection to local chapters.


https://secure2.convio.net/dabsa/site/SPageServer/PageServer?pagename=help_family_center_support


Family Caregiver Alliance provides a map of network help in your area.


https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator



Things Not To Say And How Not To Approach A Sexual Assault Survivor

UW Medicine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zOZ5xSADk


  • A survivor shares reactions she received, how it affected her, and what she needed instead. She offers those of us who seek to provide support to a survivor insight on how to care for those we love.


What To Do When A Young Person Talks About Abuse

https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/blog/when-a-young-person-discloses-abuse


  • Provides insight and practical tools for leaders to support students who talk about abuse, along with how to guide them towards healing.



Resources For Teenagers Who Struggle




The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls: A Guide to Recovery from Sexual Assault and Abuse

by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann PhD LPC, & Sheela Raja PhD

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1626253994


  • Provides guidance from survivors, along with short, actionable prompts to build a circle of support, tools, and healing resources.


The PTSD Workbook for Teens: Simple, Effective Skills for Healing Trauma

by Libbi Palmer PsyD

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1608823210


  • Provides insight combined with short, actionable prompts to build a circle of support, tools, and healing resources.


Beyond PTSD: Helping and Healing Teens Exposed to Trauma

by Ruth Gerson, Patrick Heppell

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615371109


  • Collaborative voices join together to address multiple sources of trauma, how it affects teens, and how to offer informed guidance and support—all with student perspectives in mind.


Time To Talk: Talking To Your Parents

https://www.mhanational.org/time-talk-talking-your-parents


  • Includes reactions to thoughts and feelings you might be having about talking with your parents and how you can build courage in order to find support.


Tips For Talking About Your Mental Health

https://www.mhanational.org/time-talk-tips-talking-about-your-mental-health


  • Includes a letter template to help you get started with beginning an important conversation.


Expressive Writing: Words That Heal

By James W. Pennebaker

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1611580463


  • Offers insight into the benefits of processing trauma by writing—along with specific exercises and prompts on how to find resolution.


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