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Stress in Childhood

Did you know that more than half of US families have been affected by some kind of disaster, or that one in four children experience a traumatic event before adulthood? Stress and trauma can affect people of all ages, including children. Stress in Childhood (available in Spanish) and Understanding Childhood Trauma review common stressors for children, physical and emotional signs of unresolved stress, and tips for how parents can help, including when parents should talk to their child's healthcare provider. 

Understanding Childhood Trauma is part of SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative and includes learning materials and resources (some in Spanish) for parents to better understand trauma.

Resources for Individuals in Need of Assistance (emergent or otherwise)


new! The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support via phone or text for people in distress. This shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. There is also a web chat  available 24/7.

Prevention and crisis resources, including posters and a magnet (available in Spanish), wallet cards, and safety plan pads, are available for professionals to download or order.


Looking for more information? Check out these mental health-related resources found on WIC Works.

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