In the wake of the , Somerville parents may find their children hearing about the tragedy or seeing it on the news and find themselves in a difficult discussion.
For parents seeking guidance on how to address the tragedy with their own children, if it comes up, PBS has an article with flexible suggestions for answering kids' questions about the news.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also has a 24-hour hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting "TalkWithUs" to 66746. The hotline is open to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence or any other disasters.
Nearby in Medford, parents also offered their experiences and suggestions about talking to their kids about tragic news around Sept. 11 last year. It could be helpful