Starting The Conversation Now
Brave Care CMO, Dr. Corey Fish interviewed by KATU News
Recently, KATU News published a story titled "Healthcare Professional's Advice: Opening up Conversation about School Shootings with Kids." The article featured an interview with Brave Care Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Corey Fish. In the interview, Dr. Fish emphasized the importance of having an open and honest conversation with children about school shootings.
School shootings have become all too common in our society and it is important for parents to talk to their children about what to do in case of an emergency. Dr. Fish suggests that parents start by asking their children what they already know about school shootings and then provide age-appropriate information to fill in any gaps.
"Our kids are familiar that this is happening or aware that this is happening. How do we have that conversation and sort of talk about it in an age-appropriate way?"
In a past Brave Care blog post, "Talking to Children About Trauma," the importance of asking them how they feel and helping them feel safe was emphasized. This holds true when talking to children about school shootings as well.
Start the conversation now and try not to get wrapped up in saying the right thing. Having an open and honest conversation with children about school shootings is important in helping them feel prepared and safe as well as addressing any grief they may be experiencing.
"The most important piece of advice is to just start the conversation, ask the question, check in with your kids, and see how they're feeling...."
If you have any concerns about your child's mental wellness please talk to your child's pediatrician today or book an appointment with one of our amazing providers to help find resources during these challenging times.
"Talking to your child's healthcare provider about how to get in and get plugged into the mental health services is a really good first step."