Coping in the Wake of the Las Vegas Shooting, and Incidents of Mass Violence and Terrorism


NCFR members and staff mourn the loss of life following the Las Vegas mass shooting, now being called the deadliest in modern U.S. history. We give thanks to all the first responders who care for people on the scene of violence and tragedy. For the professionals who work with families in the aftermath of these events, we have gathered resources for helping individuals and families cope, and also to help children understand and process these events.

NCFR will continue to update these collections as new materials become available and relevant. Questions? Please contact Trip Sullivan.

  • Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting — The American Psychological Association provides tips for coping after a shooting.

  • Incidents of Mass Violence — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website provides information about those at risk for emotional distress caused by mass violence, and provides resources for coping and getting help.

  • Helping Children Cope with Terrorism — National Association of School Psychologists

  • Recovering Emotionally — The American Red Cross provides information about emotional responses to disasters and how to confront the ongoing challenges of recovery. The organization also has a disaster distress helpline available 24/7.

  • Coping After Terrorism for Survivors — The Federal Bureau of Investigation's victim assistance service explains potential reactions to traumatic disaster, as well as practical coping ideas for individuals and families.

  • Trauma Types: Terrorism — The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides resources for professionals and the public to use in response to catastrophic mass violence; bombings; injuries to children and families; and media coverage of such events.

  • Talking with Children When the Talking Gets Tough (PDF) — This paper, written by member Judith Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE, Purdue University, provides an overview of how parents and other adults can talk to children about tragic events in the media. Dr. Myers-Walls also curated the website Purple Wagon, through Purdue Extension, that provides further resources to help children understand the concepts of peace, conflict, and violence.