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July 21, 2005

It has been reported that there were serious incidents in London today. Families of September 11 (FOS11) is aware that this kind of news can be very unsettling, especially following the attacks two weeks ago in which lives were lost and many were seriously injured. This kind of news may hit close to home for family members and friends who lost loved ones and those who survived the attacks of 9/11. There are a few actions that may help with these feelings such as acknowledging what has happened and recognizing that you may have certain feelings that are normal and common in light of the events. You may want to consider either turning off or limiting exposure to media, engaging in self-care activities that work for you, and talking about your response with others with whom you are comfortable.

While it is important to inform children about this recent incident and to reassure them, it is not useful for children (or adults) to be overexposed to tragic images or stories. Consider limiting the amount of television viewing related to the tragedy; pay attention to radio and print media coverage as well.

Again, FOS11 stands in solidarity with the residents of London and all who have been affected by the horrible attacks today and two weeks ago.  We extend heartfelt sympathy.

For more information on understanding the feelings you and your family may encounter, including several warning signs to look out for, please refer to the resources below.

Emotional Support Hotlines:
National Center for Victims of Crime Hotline

The NCVC, which continues to support and assist anyone who needs help and support in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has a hotline available if you or a loved one needs help dealing with this tragedy. Call 1-800-FYI-CALL.

The 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Not everyone reacts to traumatic events in the same way. That's why a variety of services are available. 1-800-LIFENET is a toll-free hotline that makes it easy for you to get free or low-cost help with emotional, drug or alcohol problems related to 9/11.

Articles and Resources:
Revisiting Feelings in the Wake of a Tragedy
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/resources.aspx?s=24#960
FOS11 Advisory Board member Dr. David Schonfeld explains how international tragedies can strike close to home for families of 9/11 and includes several warning signs to look out for in family members, and in particular, he highlights how children may react.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
http://www.nctsnet.org/nccts/nav.do?pid=ctr_main
Resources about child traumatic stress for parents, school personnel, media, and other professionals.
This network is the premier research organization on children and traumatic stress in the United States.

Coping With Traumatic Events
http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/TraumaticEvents/tips.asp
Tips for parents and teachers for talking about traumatic events.