Before I go any further, please let me make it clear that although I have some training in child psychology, I am not a mental health professional.
The ideas and activities that are outlined here are those that I have used over the years to help students cope with the numerous natural disasters that have occurred in Australia and around the world. The very same strategies also apply to coping with personal trauma.
They are based on advice that teachers are given regularly to cope with such events and there are many organizations that offer such advice. Organisations such as the Red Cross, offer advice and activities for adults and children alike.
Feel free to use any or all of these activities as you see fit.
10 Tips to help students cope
Recognizing stress in students
How do I feel? worksheets for younger and older students
Who can I talk to? worksheet
What can I do? worksheet
The most important thing you can do for your students is to look after yourself. Research has shown that the way children react to an emergency or trauma is directly related to the way the adults around them react. If you can be calm and honest, they are more likely to feel calm and secure.