We don’t provide mental health advice, counselling, or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact your local community crisis team. You can also reach out to the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, the Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650, or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.
How students react to events will vary. Developmental stage, physical or emotional proximity to the event, and prior experience with traumatic circumstances can impact how students respond. Reactions can last for days and sometimes weeks. Typically, they subside over time as we help students talk through feelings, reassure them that they are safe and protected, and help them to gain perspective. Reactions may include:
It’s essential that you take care of yourself too—for your
well-being, and so you’re better able to support the students you serve. Pay
attention to your thoughts and feelings. Recognize grief reactions can last for
many days or weeks.
Take the opportunity to process the situation and your
feelings with your friends, family and colleagues.
Keep regular schedules and routines.
Remember to eat, sleep, play, exercise, and laugh.
Practice positive ways of coping with sadness, fear, anger,
Ask for help. You don’t have to face this experience alone.
Help is available for you through your employee assistance program.