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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed a variety of resources for children, youth, and young adults, to explain child trauma and its effects. These tip sheets, guides, and videos are designed with input from youth themselves, to help make sense of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and to provide support and encouragement to grow and heal.

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Taking Care of You

Type: Fact Sheet

Provides information to help youth practice self-care. This fact sheet includes information on what it means to take care of yourself, as well as recommended hotlines and conversation starters. This resource is most helpful for youth ages 12 and older.

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Talking About Suicide with Friends and Peers

Type: Fact Sheet

Provides information to support youth talking about suicide with friends and peers. This fact sheet includes what you can do, action words, skills for getting help, as well as myths and facts about how to help as a peer. This resource is most helpful for youth ages 12 and older.

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Words to Use When Talking About Suicide

Type: Fact Sheet

Provides information to help youth know what words to use when talking about suicide with friends and peers. This fact sheet includes when you should ask, examples of what to say, when to get help, as well as next steps. This resource is most helpful for youth ages 12 and older.

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AJ's Story About Not OK Touches

Type: Special Resource

Is designed to be read by a supportive adult (parent/caregiver, therapist) to a child (ages 5-10, or as developmentally appropriate) who has engaged in a Not OK touch or problematic sexual behaviors with another child.

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Childhood Traumatic Grief: Youth Information Sheet

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers information for youth to help them understand the differences between grief and traumatic grief, the signs and symptoms of traumatic grief in children and youth, and what to do to feel better.

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For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers information for teens about common reactions to mass violence, as well as tips for taking care of themselves and connecting with others.

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College Students: Coping After the Recent Shooting

Type: Fact Sheet

Provides information for college students on how to cope afte the recent shooting. This fact sheet offers insight into what college students could be experiencing in light of the recent shooting, as well as types of reactions and what they can do for themselves. 

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