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 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
Wednesday May 6th, 12:00 noon EST
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; Alex Intorcio, Training & Program Manager, Sandy Hook Promise
Safe Storage of Firearms at Home
Wednesday May 13th, 12 noon EST
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
Wednesday May 20th, 12 noon EST
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
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.
STOP School Violence Act 101: BJA Grant Applications
After the tragedy at Parkland, Congress acted quickly to create a new funding stream to support state and local efforts to deter school violence. The passage of the STOP School Violence Act, authored and championed by Sandy Hook Promise, authorizes $125 million in funding for schools to improve school safety in 2020.
Sandy Hook Promise co-hosted a webinar with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, to explain this grant opportunity for districts, how to apply for the funding and how the dollars can further school safety efforts and mental health programs in your district.
Hear from Sandy Hook Promise's National Grants Director, Terri Bennett, along with Merv Daugherty, superintendent, Chesterfield County Schools, Va., who received a STOP grant in 2019.