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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.
http://www.apa.org/psychnet/coverage.html

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.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outline/responseterrorism.cfm

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.
http://www.mentalhealth.org/cmhs/EmergencyServices/after.asp

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.
http://www.nmha.org/reassurance.cfm

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.
http://www.projectliberty.state.ny.us/

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.
http://www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/crisis/crisiscounseling3.html

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.
http://www.neahin.org/september11/index.htm

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.
http://www.nasponline.org/NEAT/crisis_0911.html


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.
http://www.nasponline.org/NEAT/children_war.html

Purdue University
Children and Fear of War and Terrorism: Information for parents on discussing terrorism with their children.
http://www.ces.purdue.edu/terrorism/children/index.html

Channel 13 WNET New York (Public Broadcasting System)
Dealing With Tragedy: Tips and resources for parents and teachers on helping children with recent events.
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/tips.html

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.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/onourownterms/articles/children.html

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.
http://www.fema.gov/kids/

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.
http://www.fbi.gov/kids/k5th/kidsk5th.htm

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