Coping with School Violence Resources
Below are resources available to parents in supporting their children through talking through their questions and concerns.
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Helping Kids After A Shooting
- Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
If you are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or others, help is available. For immediate assistance, call the Denton County MHMR Crisis line at 1-800-762-0157, which is available 24/7. This hotline is also available to parents. When in doubt, if you have concerns for the safety of yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Students, if you have concerns about a friend, talk to your school counselor or another trusted adult immediately. This is not a betrayal of trust but rather a great act of kindness that can save a life. Remember, if you see something, say something. Students can also use the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-272-8255.
Parents, if you observe some common signs of mental health distress in your child, it is healthy to calmly express your concerns to your child and invite them to talk about their feelings and struggles. The most important response is compassionate and non-judgmental listening. School counselors are available to assist with this conversation and with finding the professional help and support your child may need. The Find Help! United Way of Denton County Resource Guide contains counseling and mental health resources in Denton County.