Resources to Support Community Healing
The following resource list was designed to support community healing. Our librarians and Health Equity team worked together to select online and print materials to help manage and respond to the effects of trauma. We will continue adding links and titles in the coming days.


For All Ages

Managing Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting from American Psychological Association

Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting from American Counseling Association


For Kids and Families

Talking to Children about the Shooting from National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Kids About Fear and Violence from Mental Health America

How to Talk With Kids About Tragedies & Other Traumatic News Events from American Academy of Pediatrics

How to Talk to Your Child About the News from Kids’ Health

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News from PBS KIDS for Parents

For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence from National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Teens When Violence Happens from Center for Resilience and Wellbeing in Schools


Available by Phone

Thrive Counseling Center Free Support Check-in Line at 1-708-383-7500 x888

National Parent Helpline at 1-855-4A PARENT (427-2736)

Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990: Spanish-speakers should press ‘2’ for 24/7 bilingual support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line by texting the word ‘TALK’ (or ‘HABLAR’) to 552020

Illinois Warm Line at 1-866-359-7953

NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)


Available Books and Ebooks

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain

Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Time Is a Flower by Julie Morstad

Speak Up by Miranda Paul

El día en que descubres quién eres by Jacqueline Woodson

El lenguaje de las emociones by Barbara Franco

Hoopla Adult Ebooks on Grief and Resilience

Hoopla Juvenile Nonfiction Ebooks on Grief and Bereavement

En Español

Cómo hablar con tus hijos sobre las noticias de Common Sense Media

Hablando con los adolescentes cuando sucede la violencia de National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Para los adolescentes: cómo afrontar los efectos de la violencia masiva de National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Lidiando con eventos traumáticos de National Institute of Health

Cómo ayudar a los niños y adolescentes a superar los acontecimientos catastróficos y otras experiencias traumáticas de National Institute of Mental Health