Resources for Littles & Families

Handbooks for Parents, Guardians & Littles

Community Based Handbook

School or Site-Based Handbook 


Traumatic Events & News

Age-Related Reactions to Traumatic Events, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This resource provides information to caregivers and service providers on how child may react in the aftermath of a traumatic event.  It also provides strategies to use with children based on different age groups – preschool, school-age, and adolescent.

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event – A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A brief overview of reactions to disasters in children across the age range 0-19 and how adults can support them and talk about the disaster.

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A tip sheet with suggestions on how to address media coverage on disturbing events with children and encourage helpful and healthy communication in the aftermath of a crisis or disaster.

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events ​​After any disaster, parents and other adults struggle with what they should say and share with children and what not to say or share with them.

Mental Health, Depression & Suicide

Improving Self-Esteem in Teens

A Family Guide to Mental Health- You're Not Alone! 

1 in 6 households in Minnesota have a person who has mental illness, mental illness is common and it is not anyone's fault. 

Suicide Prevention Resources
Ericka's Lighthouse Parent Handbook on Childhood & Teen Depression 
Talking to Your Kids About Suicide 
Suicide Awareness Prevention Training - Centracare 
Teen Suicide Prevention Video - Mayo Clinic 

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters like tornadoes are difficult to understand and can be challenging to discuss with children. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers several resources to help caregivers address this topic with children and teens.

After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal explains ways to ensure that children feel safe and protected after frightening events like tornadoes. (Spanish)

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornadoes explains how exposure to media coverage about natural disasters can affect children and offers suggestions on how to discuss natural disasters with children and limit their exposure to disturbing media coverage.

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents includes lists of activities for children and families to do when there is no power or when it is unsafe to go outside.