Our thoughts are with the families, students, staff and school communities affected by the tragedy that took place at Abbotsford Senior Secondary yesterday. With an event like this taking place so close to home, we often wonder how to best support our children and youth.
While we understand that this may not be the typical conversation you have with your children, we encourage you to talk with your son or daughter about any reactions and feelings they may have. Please take a moment to read the attached documents that may help guide a conversation with your family.
Key points to consider:
- Limit media exposure. Protect younger children from the saturation that comes from looping television images and social media as well as graphic coverage on TV.
- Talk through information that they might find disturbing. “What have you heard? “ “What will help you feel safer?”
- Have a grasp of the facts and stop speculation that is outside of the facts.
- Recognize that kids may have fears right away while some process 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days later.
We understand that students may hear about this tragic event and experience a range of emotions. Our teachers, counsellors and school staff will work with students who are struggling with this event as appropriate. Please contact the school if you have concerns about your child’s response.
- Anxiety BC
- Vancouver Island Crisis Line
- Mind Check
- Child and Youth Mental Health
- Youth Space
- Pacific Centre Family Services