As a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Partner, ACA has been in touch with ARC regarding disaster mental health assistance from the counseling profession to assist in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. There are no deployment orders to date. We are very grateful for the inquiries and offers of assistance we’ve received from professional counselors.

Here is a list of resources you may want to promote or use within your own communities:

ACA’s trauma resources

The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

Resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

An interview on a newscast in Louisiana with Dr. Brian Canfied, ACA Past President, about how parents can help children who have questions about the shooting

Here is a list of charities set up to assist the people of Newtown:

My Sandy Hook Family Fund
Set up by the parents of children who survived and other locals, this fund will help with funerals, as well as ongoing living expenses such as food, mortgage payments, daycare, insurance and fuel until they are back on solid ground.

Newtown Memorial Fund
A new fund founded by Brian Mauriello, who describes himself as a long-term Newtown resident and a parent, to pay for short-term expenses as well as a memorial and a multi-generational foundation fund for the Newtown, Connecticut, community. He is seeking board members.

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
This fund was set up by United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown Savings Bank to provide support services to the affected families and community. Among other efforts, it will support day and night walk-in hours at the Newtown Youth and Family Services Counseling Center.

The Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund
Dedicated to supporting the immediate and long-term needs of those in the Newtown community who were affected by the Sandy Hook School shooting.