Earthquake Support Services for students, families and staff

Earthquake Support Services

We are pleased that so many of our students are back at school and getting back into their usual routines. As the weeks progress, hopefully all of us will be able to come to terms with what has been a traumatic event for students, families and teachers.

We were very pleased to welcome Dr Stephen Coulter into school in the days after the earthquake. He gave an informative talk to children and then parents about what to expect from our responses over the coming months. A video of his talk is available here for anyone who missed this as well as a copy of the material he brought with him.

School has also produced some additional material that gives information that is focused on children of different ages, from the National Centre for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This provides first step information about how parents can support their children.

There is also a wealth of information on the internet and here are some links that have been recommended by the professionals we are working with that can provide more information or support networks:

http://m.fema.gov/helping-children-cope-disaster

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/helping-children-cope-loss

http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/naturaldisaster_ho.aspx

http://www.trauma-pages.com/disaster.php

As mentioned in our newsletter, one of the many benefits of our links with partners FOBISIA and COBIS has been the overwhelming support of our colleagues from schools across the region. We have had the offer of support from a large number of school counselors who are willing to talk via whatever means possible (Skype, telephone, email) and offer additional support to individuals or families as and when it is needed. If you would like any more information about any of these things, or would like to be put in contact (confidentially) with a counselor, please do contact one of our Support Services co-ordinating team:

 Gemma Caines (Secondary) gcaines@tbs.edu.np

Jessica Bloor (Primary) jbloor@tbs.edu.np

Daniel Swift (whole school) dswift@tbs.edu.np