Talking to Children About Violence in Response to New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Washington, DC, March 15, 2019 - We are deeply saddened by the news of mass shootings at New Zealand mosques. As an association dedicated to helping children and families around the globe, our thoughts are with the children, families, and communities impacted by this act of senseless violence.

In hopes of helping families and children cope with violence and violent images, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) compiled the following resources:

These resources are a starting point for addressing trauma and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychiatric treatment or counseling. our resources were created for those coping with loss and grief, and for those seeking to foster a dialogue with their children about regional and national news events.

If you would like to speak to an expert, please reach out to the co-charirs of AACAP's Disaster & Trauma Issues Committee:


The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry promotes the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are the leading physician authority on children’s mental health. For more information, please visit