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Talking to Your Child About a Tragedy

Sad boy, hiding in the closetAfter a disaster or traumatic event, it is common for children to want to know more about what happened, and become scared and anxious. Children may have nightmares, become withdrawn or unhappy, or have difficulty sleeping and concentrating. These types of symptoms can have negative effects on a child’s life. These feelings will not just go away with time but there are ways to help children work through the emotions.

In The Family Institute’s Child, Adolescent and Family Services’ Guide to Helping Children, Adolescents and their Families Cope with Disasters or Loss, parents can learn common reactions for each age group as well as what they can do to help their child, including ideas for family activities.



TFI’s Child, Adolescent and Family Services includes therapists who are dedicated and passionate about helping children, adolescents, young adults and their families. They are trained to work with a wide range of child and adolescent issues including anxiety, depression, and grief and loss, among others. They work with families from a wide variety of backgrounds including diverse ethnicities, income levels, educational backgrounds and sexual identities.

If your child is in need of mental health services, please reach out to a member of TFI’s Child, Adolescent and Family Services for help by calling 847-733-4300, ext. 263.

The Family Institute offers affordable, effective mental health counseling for families, couples and individuals in Evanston, Chicago, Northbrook and Westchester. Learn more about our services on our website.



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