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How to help children and teens cope with national tragedies

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 13:15:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - In the last couple of weeks several tragedies have rocked our nation and our area.

On Oct. 27, 11 people were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. On Nov. 7, 12 more people were killed in a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

And closer to home, two were killed in a shooting at the Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee on Nov. 2.

With the recent tragedies in our area and around the world, teens and young children can either develop trauma or re-live past trauma.

A traumatic event is any event that causes a threat to safety or potentially places in our life, and many times, teens don't know if they are feeling trauma.

Family Therapist Jane Marks explained how parents should handle talking to their child about if they have trauma, and what to do.

"One of the first things you do is that you have the conversation. You talk about the reality of the situation and what it means to you or your family or whoever was involved with," said Marks. "You spend as much time encouraging as much conversation between them and their friend, particular if their friends have experienced it as well."

Marks also says if your child is facing trauma, returning as many things to normalcy will help them start their recovery.

We've learned counselors will be available for those of you coping with the shooting at Hot Yoga. The professional help is available Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1950 Thomasville. 

The service is for anyone in the Tallahassee area and is free.