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Hope, Healing and Remembrance

By Rona Milch Novick, Peter D'Amico & Rose Starr North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System

For grades K-12, two lesson plans, suggestions for additional activities, and a family activity are provided to facilitate sensitive classroom programming for the 9/11 anniversary and beyond. Also included are sample letters to parents and students explaining anniversary reactions and providing a rationale for the lessons. A section for parents offers specific "Answers to Tough Questions" that children may ask about 9/11 and the anniversary. Hope, Healing and Remembrance focuses on hope and strength, helping schools continue the healing process and sensitively commemorate this difficult anniversary.

American Psychological Association
Help With Trauma: This well-put together section provides links and information for parents, teachers and mental health professionals in dealing with trauma and stress related reactions to the terrorist attacks.

National Institute of Mental Health
Response To Terrorist Acts Against America: Provides links to in-depth information concerning post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and more.

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
Disaster Mental Health: Provides tips for adults and emergency and disaster response workers for talking about disasters with children and other adults.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
Mental Health in Troubles Times: Section provides tips on how to cope with our ongoing crisis and provides links and information on other mental health topics.

Project Liberty
Comprehensive website providing important information to New York residents about Project Liberty, a support program being offered in New York State to aid in coping with the World Trade Center disaster and its after-effects.

New York State Office of Mental Health
Age-Related Reactions of Children to Disasters: This section provides an overview of normal reactions within determined age groups, helpful hints for enabling children to cope with disaster-precipitated stress, and includes a list of symptoms that may warrant referral to a mental health professional.

National Education Association - Health Information Network
NEA's new "Post September 11 Help" site shares material for uniting behind our nation's children and providing the comfort and understanding they need.

National Association of School Psychologists
Coping With A National Tragedy: Information to help parents, school personnel, mental health professionals and others to assist children as they cope with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Children and Fear of War and Terrorism - Tips for parents and teachers on helping children through the war on terrorism and U.S. military response.

Purdue University
Children and Fear of War and Terrorism: Information for parents on discussing terrorism with their children.

Channel 13 WNET New York (Public Broadcasting System)
Dealing With Tragedy: Tips and resources for parents and teachers on helping children with recent events.

Public Broadcasting System
A Guide To Children's Grief by Kenneth J. Doka: Offers information to help adults assist their children with loss and death.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA For Kids: An excellent website designed for kids; teaches children about how they can be prepared for a disaster and what they can do to help prevent disaster damage.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
FBI For Kids: This section of the FBI for Kids website is designed for children in Kindergarten thru 5th Grade. It explains what the FBI does and gives a brief history of the organization.

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