NJSBA has compiled a list of resources for boards of education and school districts on school safety and security, mental health and traumatic loss.

NJSBA Guidance

  • An updated report highlighting findings and insights from an NJSBA study, What Makes Schools Safe? The report includes 15 additional recommendations on response and recovery, law enforcement in schools, cybersecurity, after-school security and more.
  • The report of NJSBA’s Task Force on Mental Health Services in the Public Schools, Building a Foundation for Hope provides more than 70 recommendations, along with guidance and best practices.


Additional Resources

American School Counselor Association: webinars, guidelines, tips, videos and additional resources.

Center For Resilience + Well-Being in Schools, University of Colorado Boulder

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • After the Injury — a website for families with injured children, which includes ways to help children recover.

Dylan’s Wings of Change, a nonprofit foundation named after a child who died in the Sandy Hook, Connecticut shooting that offers youth-led social-emotional learning programs for children and professional development for adults.

News Stories

Sandy Hook Promise, The Learning Center

  • Start with Hello, grades K-12, free activities and curriculum to teach students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other to end social isolation.
  • Say Something, grades 4-12, in four out of five school shootings, the attacker told people of their plans ahead of time. This program provides social-emotional learning curriculum, instruction and programming to build essential SEL competencies.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationDisaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth, funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, this organization offers coordinators who work within their counties to develop and/or Lead Response Team or support an existing one. Training is also offered, including suicide awareness training for educators and post-traumatic stress management for school crisis teams.

 The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: A handout that provides tips on how to respond and help students coping with tragedy.

Grief Counseling

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

Coping After Mass Violence: for Adults.

Moms Demand Action, Community-led services for survivors of gun violence.

National Association of School Psychologists, Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.

National Education Association, School Crisis Guide, a step-by-step outline of what to do before, during and after any school or community crisis.

The National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness, one-on-one helpline 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. (800) 950-NAMI (6264) or helpline@nami.org.

Navigating A Mental Health Crisis, a downloadable guide available in English and Spanish. The guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs, strategies to de-escalate, etc.

National School Safety Center, handouts and information concerning schools and terrorism, schools and readiness.