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Teen Perspectives on Returning to School

A panel of Sandy Hook Promise’s National Youth Advisory Board discussed students’ biggest back-to-school challenges and what they think schools can do to help support students. The panel was hosted by Dr. Rachel Masi, Ph.D, Research Director, Sandy Hook Promise & Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Several members of our Youth Advisory Board spoke during the event included:  Lena, North Broward, FL; Medha, Aurora, OH; Dyuthi, San Ramon, CA; Drew, Cutler Bay, FL; Jordyne ‘JJ’, Harrisburg, NC; Aashi, San Diego, CA; Joel, Sussex, NJ; and Hanadie, Palos Hills, IL.

Watch the webinar and read about the highlights on our blog post, Teen Perspectives On Returning To School.

Gun Violence Prevention During Covid-19: Know The Signs While Physically Distancing

Children are facing a unique set of challenges during these uncertain times. As COVID-19 continues to have dramatic impacts on daily life, we’re carrying on our mission and creating social connectedness in times of physical isolation.

Out of school, and away from their friends and school-based support systems, feelings of sadness, loneliness, frustration, and fear are all too common for today’s students. Others also face abuse, cyberbullying. Compounding these risk factors for violence, some also have weapons stored unsafely in their homes.

Research shows that violence is preventable when you know the signs and take action immediately to get help. That’s why we’re offering you this free, on-demand webinar series: to help you be part of the solution. If you’re interested in learning more about this series or future webinars, please contact us online.

Suicide Prevention During COVID-19 Social Isolation

Public health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to an uptick in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This session focused on defining the risk factors, recognizing warning signs, and providing resources to help. Participants will leave understanding the scope of the issue surrounding mental health and suicide, how they can help themselves, and how they can help others.

Speakers include: Stan Collins, Suicide Prevention Consultant & Director of The Directing Change Program & Film Contest; A. French, Training & Program Manager, Sandy Hook Promise

Safe Storage of Firearms at Home

As schools around the country announce long-term closures, children are spending more time at home, many of them with unsecured guns. This conversation focused on providing background on the issue of safe firearm storage within the context of COVID-19 and provide resources for gun owners and non-gun owners alike.

Speakers include: Cassandra Crifasi, Ph.D., MPH, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research; Liz Murphy, National Policy Director, Sandy Hook Promise

Youth Mental Wellness and Social Connectedness

With distance learning as the new normal, parents and students are both learning to adjust to a different reality where social isolation can grow quickly. It’s important that adults and children have resources to foster social connectedness while practicing social distancing. This session introduces you to a set of approaches and activities that can help keep children safe and happy at home.

Speakers include: Vae Champagne, Programs Manager, Sandy Hook Promise; Rachel Masi, Ph.D, Research Director, Sandy Hook Promise & Licensed Clinical Psychologist; John Dugan, Ph.D., The Aspen Institute; Arriana Gross, Youth Advisory Board Member, SAVE Promise Club; Amber McCormack, Mukwonago High School, Wisconsin, Youth Advisory Board Member, SAVE Promise Club

Sandy Hook Promise Partner Webinars

Trauma-Informed Practices Across School Settings

This on-demand webinar will address how to implement and adopt trauma-informed practices across school settings. During these unprecedented times, the social and emotional well-being of our students, parents, teachers, and administrators is of critical importance. Presenters include Rachel Masi, PhD, Director of Research at Sandy Hook Promise and Pamela Black, co-developer of Wisconsin’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools Professional Learning System.

A Conversation with Sandy Hook Promise

Nicole Hockley, co-founder, joined Donald Gaffney, Promise Leader, Pastor & Author of Common Ground: Talking About Gun Violence in America for a conversation on gun violence prevention. This is part of PCUSA’s (Presbyterian Church USA) year-long series on gun violence in America.