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How to Talk to Kids About Tragedy

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE LABETTE CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC. IN PARSONS, KANSAS

How to Talk to Kids About Tragedy

Parsons, Kansas – With the recent events in our community, an important question many may be asking is “How do I talk to my child/children about what has happened?” Labette Center for Mental Health would like to share a few tips on how to help children deal with tragedy.

  • Listen to the child and let them express their feelings about the situation. Be sure to be open to hearing what they have to say.
  • Answer questions in an age appropriate manner. Younger children will not need to hear details to be satisfied with the answer. Keep answers simple and direct, only providing as much information as the child needs.
  • Remember to be positive and genuine with responses. Avoid telling children how they should feel about the situation.
  • If you feel the child may be in emotional distress or in need of speaking with a professional, contact a local mental health center or other qualified supports.

Labette Center for Mental Health Services is deeply saddened by the recent events that have taken place involving a local family. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted by this tragedy. Our staff of qualified mental health professionals is available for those in need 24 hours a day. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health assistance, please call our office at 620-421-3770 or 1-800-303-3770.

Labette Center for Mental Health Services provides a full range of mental health and substance abuse services to clients of all ages, and works closely with local agencies to provide the best care possible. The professionals at LCMHS work tirelessly to create hope and opportunities for life change by providing education, support, consultation, and therapeutic behavioral health services.

For additional information contact:

Labette Center for Mental Health Services

PO Box 258
1730 Belmont
Parsons, KS 67357
620-421-3770
620-778-2313
www.lcmhs.com

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