Given recent tragedies in the news, our communities have been under a great deal of stress. The Weill Cornell Medicine community grieves the loss of those in St. Louis, Missouri, Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. We understand the ramifications this tragedy has on our mental health and the mental health of our children.
As a parent, it may not come naturally to consider your emotional experience and mental health because the concern, focus, and priority is attending to your children. In addition to personal stress, parents may be facing a difficult degree of stress when addressing these fears and tragedies with their children.
The Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry Department has partnered with our doctors at the NewYork-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center to create this guide to help parents address this mental health crisis and have meaningful conversations with their children regarding tragedies in the news. We are grateful to the Youth Anxiety Center for all their efforts to help children and adolescents during this crisis.
Please note that this guide has been updated as of October 25, 2022.