Coping with the tragedy, talking to kids

Coping with the tragedy, talking to kids



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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The tragedy in Boston can be difficult to deal with.
We've been bombarded with horrible images from the marathon; photos that prompt immediate and visceral reactions.
Dr. John Santopietro is the Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Health for the Carolinas HealthCare System.

He says, “Be aware of what you're feeling and whether you need to check in with somebody.”
He said we all need to watch out for each other, recognize if someone is having trouble coping.

“Be aware of the signs that someone is having trouble. Watch for changes in behavior, sleep or appetite.”
Kids can be especially susceptible.

Child psychologist Dr. Sean Knuth says parents should have a careful conversation with kids about what happened.

“One of the best things you can do is get ahead of the ball in very basic, honest terms to prepare them because at some point they're going to find out about it one way or another,” Knuth said.
He says it’s best to make sure they're getting accurate information from someone they trust.
And it's okay if we all feel a little bit down right now. You're not alone.

One of the other images making the rounds on social media is one of healing.

A quote from Mister Rogers, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say look for the helpers -- you can always find people helping.”
And Dr. Santopietro says we're resilient.

“I wish I wasn't able to say we’ve had a number of these events, but we have. One of the other inspiring things is to see the resilience people have.”

Resilience that’s once again being tested on a grand scale.
If you or someone you know needs help, check out these links for more information.

Carolinas Healthcare System






American Psychiatric Association